Two local organizations are recognizing the Chamber for their impactful contributions in the community and workforce. The Hampton Roads Chamber is one of the 10 businesses in Hampton Roads to receive the 2017 CoVa BIZ Community Impact Awards. These awards highlight local businesses in the Hampton Roads area that consistently and creatively make an impact in our community by giving back. A feature on the 10 winners will appear in the December/January issue of CoVa BIZ.
The Hampton Roads Chamber was also chosen as one of Opportunity Inc.'s 2017 Workforce Innovation Award winners. One of the Chamber's major initiatives for the 2017-2018 year is the creation of the Military Transition Center. Chamber staff was instrumental in getting the initial stage of this undertaking completed and enabled the workforce development center, Opportunity Inc., to continue the process. "The Military Transition Center meets an important need for the Region by keeping our talented military veterans and their proven leadership and technical skills local. Transitioning military members are a valuable resource for our economic growth," said Bryan K. Stephens, CEO & President of the Hampton Roads Chamber.
The Military Transition Center is slated to open this fall and will be the only brick and mortar operation in the area specifically developed to connect the immense talent pool of prior and transitioning military members into good, high-paying jobs right here in Hampton Roads. In recognition of this achievement, the Chamber will be honored by Opportunity Inc. at their annual meeting on September 20th.