The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced its participation in the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s fourth Reinventing Our Communities (ROC) Cohort Program.

According to a release, the Chamber is developing a multiyear plan to expand economic opportunities for local workers and communities of color.

The Philadelphia Fed is partnering with Equitable Cities Consulting and Race Forward throughout the 14-month program to help the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce achieve the following goals:

  • Address the structural barriers that limit the full potential of workers and communities of color.
  • Ensure that workforce development programs lead to jobs that pay living wages and support economic mobility.
  • Partner with local employers to support workforce development strategies.
  • Learn best practices for attracting and retaining talent to foster inclusive economic growth in rural and small urban areas.

“An important aspect of the Federal Reserve’s work is to maintain full employment,” said Theresa Singleton, senior vice president of the Community Development and Regional Outreach Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, in a statement. “The cohort program supports the Fed’s work by helping local communities realize the full potential of their talent pipeline and provide investments and innovation that support workers.”

The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce is also engaging in workforce development webinars, coaching from national workforce leaders, racial equity training, and peer learning with the 10 other participating communities from across the country.

“Our chamber is thrilled and profoundly privileged to be chosen to join the 2024 ROC program. We eagerly anticipate collaborating with community stakeholders and our local business community to promote fair economic growth in Lebanon County,” Diane Harlow, director of workforce and education with the Lebanon Valley Chamber, said in a statement. “This opportunity will strengthen the chamber’s existing and emerging efforts in workforce development.”

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