Community Improvement

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publishes content on community improvement and related issues. Find and access current and archived items in our database. 

November 14, 2019
A Country Lends Itself to Bigness
© Lubbock Economic Development Alliance
Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University (TTU), which has eight satellite campuses located within the “bigness” of the West Texas region: Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes, Junction, Midland, and Odessa. While you may not be familiar with these towns, you are probably familiar with the problems that face their workforces.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Selects Recipients of Career Readiness Funding

December 11, 2018
Career Readiness Lab Participants
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced the five chambers of commerce selected to participate in the Career Readiness Lab, through which they will each receive $95,000 to implement a work-based learning program that better connects students with academic and experiential learning opportunities in their community. 
June 15, 2018
FutureProofing - Wyoming Machine
© Provided by FreeEnterprise.com
The co-owner of the Wyoming Machine sheet metal company in Stacy, Minnesota that makes armored Humvees, steel spokes and other manufactured parts, Tapani posted an ad to fill a production job at their plant. Two months later she didn’t get a single applicant. Hiring skilled welders and laser operators was already tough. And in the manufacturing space winning the heated competition for good workers could mean the difference between profitability and closing the door. The American Welding Society anticipates a shortage of about 400,000 operators by 2024. But Tapani and Wyoming didn’t take the bad news laying down.