Doug Berry, Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce vice president for Economic Development, outlined several steps to achieve the overall goal of enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of the city and county by providing economic opportunities and empowering them with the skills to take advantage of those opportunities.
The goals included ensuring the existence of a qualified economic development organization, facilitating the retention and expansion of local industries, encouraging capital investment and create quality jobs.
Another goal is workforce development.
“The objective is to establish the Chamber as a concerned, involved organization within the community educational arenas by creating an awareness of business and industry within the classroom and implementing short- and long-term initiatives,” he said. “The initiatives should address employers’ needs for an expanded, skilled, competent and competitive workforce in close cooperation with local business, education and civic leaders.”
Another goal is to ensure the availability of accurate and up-to-date community information supporting economic development efforts.
“We need to redesign and upgrade the Economic Development section of our website to provide improved access to current demographic and socioeconomic data, in addition to improving access to information on available industrial properties,” he said.