The mission of the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation is carried out by our various Committees, which report to our Board of Directors on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
Each Committee is comprised of volunteer members and some CCED staff and is headed by a volunteer committee chair. Each Committee has a specific purpose and task agenda to be accomplished similar to that of departments in a company.
The strength of our Chamber comes from the hard work, time and dedication of our Committee members. Learn more about our Committees below, and if you would like to participate in one or more of these Committees, please contact its chair. (To be eligible to participate, you must be a member of our Chamber.)
Ambassador Events Committee:
Chair: Marlyn Kissner
This committee is focused on the development of all networking and annual CCEDC Signature events. Members brainstorm ways to create unique networking and social events. Events are used to highlight and promote Chamber members’ business establishments and promote the support of member to member commerce. Members also attend the events as “Ambassadors” of the Chamber, assisting members in making connections and networking with one another.
(Interim) Chair: Marshall Walters, Architectural Polymers
The Business/Education Partnership Committee facilitates conversation between educators and businesses in Carbon County. Businesses provide realistic feedback on challenges and opportunities in the workplace and partner with educators to incorporate the feedback into their curriculum. This collaborative effort assists employers with a plan for a skilled and ready workforce.
Future Leaders of Carbon County Council (Formerly Carbon Young Professionals):
Chair: Jared McEvoy, Equinox
The Future Leaders of Carbon County Council is a group of young business owners, entrepreneurs and serious, active, civic-minded professionals within the CCEDC, who have a deep appreciation of the county’s leadership legacy and a clear vision of the area’s future as a great place to live, play and do business. FLOCC members seek to create intergenerational connections; to understand the values, characteristics and experiences of the CCEDC’s veteran professionals, while sharing their own unique perspective and skills, in order to create their own vision and empower the county’s business community, promote economic success, and build their businesses or advance their careers. This intergenerational connection creates a bridge to the new knowledge-driven economy and aligns their web of relationships.
Chair: Linda Rex, CCEDC- 610-379-5000
Leadership Carbon is designed to develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed, and action-oriented community leaders.
Leadership Carbon brings together participants once a month September through May. Participants typically come from diverse backgrounds and varying perspectives to learn more about themselves and their communities. In the Leadership Carbon Program, people share their ideas and experiences with each other, gain new skills and knowledge about leadership, and develop plans and strategies for implementing community betterment projects.
Web site: www.leadershipcarbon.com
Chair: Dina Tulli Davis, JumpSpark Creative Group
This committee provides leadership and strategic direction to initiatives and projects that will have an impact at the County level. This group interfaces with County level agencies, multi-county regional partners, and State level legislative resources, associations and groups. It also provides a forum to discuss opportunities and design initiatives that will fill all types of lodgings in Carbon County as well as offers access to group advertising opportunities that would otherwise be unaffordable to lodgings with only a few rooms.
Women in Business:
Co-Chair: Shelley J. Hunt, Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio
Co-Chair: Heather Lindaman, First Commonwealth Credit Union
The 2019 CCEDC Carbon County Women in Business is a group that meets the second Thursday of each month for lunch, networking and personal and professional development. The program for 2018 has been redesigned to empower women to cultivate their personal power to create their most ideal life both personally and professionally. At each meeting, attendees can expect opportunities to learn from guest speakers, who will address topics that are related to our yearly theme, and to receive valuable tools to immediately implement changes in their lives. Attendees are also encouraged to participate in the Carbon County Women in Business Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/carboncountywomeninbusiness) to obtain further learning, resources and support. Men are also welcome.
Every year, the Carbon County Women in Business Group chooses a local charitable organization, program or cause to support. In 2019, a portion of WIB luncheon and event proceeds will benefit the new Carbon County Women in Business Dressing for the Career of Your Dreams Workwear Program. This program will provide low income women entering the workforce with appropriate clothing for a job interview to help them feel the confidence they need to succeed.