For Immediate Release
May 3, 2019
HARRISBURG - The PA Chamber of Business and Industry is proud to announce an expansion of its far-reaching workforce development efforts with the hire of Allen Norton as the organization’s first workforce development executive.
“Since embracing workforce development as a cornerstone of our mission in 2016 and making it an essential element of our strategic plan, we’ve made great strides in closing the jobs skills gap through a program that is connecting the business and education communities and students,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. “Workforce concerns are plaguing employers in every region of the state, as evidenced by our 2018 Economic Survey – which found for the first time that employers’ top of mind concern was finding qualified workers to fill open positions. Given the continued growth of our internal workforce efforts, we are now at the point where it is necessary to have a full time employee who is solely focused on further expanding our organization’s work in this arena. We are excited to have Allen on board, whose background is sure to help propel our program to the next level.”
Norton brings vast experience to the role, with a long and successful career in higher education. He first began working with non-traditional students in 2003 before moving into community and high school relations where he focused on workforce development needs. For the last seven years, he has been primarily focused on promoting trade, technical and health career programs at Harrisburg Area Community College.
As the Chamber’s Workforce Development Executive, Norton will work to expand the Chamber’s workforce efforts, including the “Start the Conversation Here” initiative, by further developing partnerships between the education community, business and the public sector and identifying creative solutions to ensure that future generations of workers are skilled and prepared to meet the state’s changing workforce needs.
“The PA Chamber has done so much already in terms of laying the ground work for addressing the state’s skills gap,” said Norton. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this dynamic team and look forward to building on the great work that’s already being done.”
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