Chamber Leveraging JSU
March 25, 2014
The Jacksonville State University and Calhoun County Chamber engagement initiative provides a forum for ongoing conversations between members of the JSU community and area business leaders on how the strengths of JSU and Chamber can continue to be leveraged to meet the needs of students and citizens in Calhoun County and the region to enhance economic development and quality of life.
This committee’s work is reflected in multiple accomplishments, from developing an Emergency Management Coalition for East Alabama, with JSU’s Emergency Management Program and regional emergency management agencies, to showcasing Jacksonville State University’s strengths and capabilities to regional business leaders and representatives through tours and events.
Charles Lewis, Jacksonville State University’s Vice President for University Advancement, says “This committee provides an excellent opportunity for area business leaders learn about our innovative programs throughout the university and to discuss how these programs can be marketed as a resource for businesses and individuals in our region.”
This committee also continues to connect area students to area businesses and employers. With the Chamber’s ongoing internships.com program, encouraging businesses to provide area students opportunities to gain valuable experience in the fields of their choice, the Chamber also launched Get Linked, our biannual panel discussion and Q&A with area business experts for students.
The Chamber Continues to work with JSU’s Center for Economic Development to present the Annual Economic Forum each spring, providing an Economic Update for the year ahead with reports from our County, State, Region, and Nation.
Committee member Scott Exum of Alabama Power says, “This committee believes that by making Jacksonville State University and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce stronger, we strengthen Calhoun County and the entire region of East Alabama.”