CINCINNATI USA REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Workforce Innovation Center Launched by Cincinnati Chamber-led Collaborative

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Nov. 26.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is leading a collaborative that has created the Workforce Innovation Center. Initial partners in the work include Beacon of Hope Business Alliance, Cincinnati Works, and Partners for a Competitive Workforce. The center’s focus is to connect more employers directly to the various innovative initiatives that exist to mitigate barriers to employment and to grow businesses through this inclusive capitalism approach. The result will be a win-win: employers will be able to fill job openings with supported and skilled individuals, and individuals will connect to rewarding jobs and a path to financial self-sufficiency. The center will continue to grow partnerships with additional organizations delivering results in the job-readiness space to ensure that everyone benefits from the increased business participation. The work will be deployed in a targeted and individualized way to drive greater equity in the region through a strategic partnership with the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its Employer Toolkit.

The center will be led by Audrey Treasure. Ms. Treasure joins the Chamber from the Cincinnati Business Committee and Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, where she serves as its senior director and has worked on business-led initiatives such as the Cincinnati Preschool Promise, the Child Poverty Collaborative as a member of the steering committee, and various other education initiatives. She also brings career experience from Antioch University Midwest, Teach For America, and Junior Achievement of Georgia. Ms. Treasure earned a B.A. in Spanish and a nonprofit management certificate from Indiana University, has a teaching certificate from National Louis University and an M.A. in management and change leadership from Antioch University Midwest.

“I am eager to partner with the many great people and programs that work with individuals who seek to better their lives and their families through career advancement, whether they are employed, underemployed or unemployed,” said Audrey Treasure. “By systematically engaging more employers with these social solutions, we create a healthier and more vibrant community in which everyone can participate.” Ms. Treasure assumes her role on December 17.

“Audrey is a fantastic choice to lead this effort and we are eager to work alongside her to scale the many effective job-readiness initiatives already finding success,” said Mardia Shands, executive director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce.

“Businesses must lead future growth by fostering a workforce that includes everyone - and we have solutions that are proven to work,” said Dave Herche, chairman of Enerfab and Board Chair of Cincinnati Works. “The Workforce Innovation Center will help connect more employers to the variety of programs in the region already helping move people into good-paying jobs. To be blunt, by connecting more people to the resources they need to be successful in a job, we will move more people out of poverty and into financial security.”

"To move the needle on employment and poverty in Cincinnati, the business owners and community leaders must work together to build an environment of true collaboration and authentic trust. The organizations working together to develop the Workforce Innovation Center have a track record of doing so. We need voices from all sectors, corporate and community, wealthy and impoverished. I'm optimistic that the Workforce Innovation Center will be instrumental in delivering for our community." said Pastor Ennis Tait of New Beginnings Church of the Living God of Avondale.

The center also will be the new home to the Child Poverty Collaborative’s Employer Roundtable. The Roundtable will take its good work to date to a new level in serving businesses who are removing barriers, creating opportunities, and implementing inclusive solutions to recruit and retain employees. The center will be overseen by an advisory board including Dave Herche, Enerfab; Ellen Katz, GCF; Tim Massa, Kroger; Dan Meyer, Nehemiah Manufacturing; Julia Poston, EY; Toby Rau, Chase; Ed Rigaud, Legacy Acquisition Corp.; Liza Smitherman, Jostin; and Tom Williams, North American Properties.

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