Enterprise Gateway Council To Host 4th Annual BOOST Summit Feb. 5

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprise Gateway Council will host the fourth annual BOOST Summit Feb. 5.

The Summit will take place from 8:30–10:30 a.m. at Volkswagen Chattanooga’s Academy Conference Center, which is at 7469 Volkswagen Drive.

The event, which started in 2009 as a one-day town hall-style forum, promotes business and industry success by bringing companies in the Enterprise Gateway Council footprint together with local experts to discuss topics related to growth.

The topic of this year’s BOOST Summit is “An Enterprising Workforce: The Gateway to Success.”  The forum will feature a panel discussion about how local business leaders can help bridge the gap between available jobs and a trained workforce, as well as what efforts are being made to fulfill current positions through education and job training. 

The forum, moderated by Garry Mac from Hospice of Chattanooga, will feature panelists from the education and business sectors. 

Education panelists will include:

· Dr. Danielle Mezera, assistant commissioner of Career and Technical Education for the state of Tennessee

· Dr. Jim Catanzaro, president of Chattanooga State Community College

· Rick Smith, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools

Business panelists will include:

· Heather Stalvey, Human Resources manager for Alstom Power

· Mike Collins, president and CEO of Mike Collins & Associates

· Kenny Fuquea, VP of Business Development for Santek Waste Services

“We anticipate a lively, informative exchange of ideas and solutions” said David Hawke, president of the Enterprise Gateway Council. We look forward to seeing the public take advantage of this opportunity to interface with local leaders, network with one another and learn about how we can work together to build an enterprising workforce in our community.”

Enterprise Gateway Council meetings take place the fourth Thursday of each month and are open to the public. Admission is $10. A light breakfast is provided.

For more information about the Enterprise Gateway Council, please contact David Hawke at 423 521-5413 or david@marketing-velocity.com.

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