Chamber executive selected for work force program

Candace Carnahan

Candace Carnahan, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, will participate in a national work force development program.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced Carnahan was selected for the Business Leads Fellowship Program. A total of 35 leaders from chambers of commerce, economic development agencies and trade associations will join in the eighth class of the program.

The six-month program, which includes in-person and virtual meetings, will cover the work force development pipeline from early childhood education through postsecondary education.

“The connection between education and our future work force is undeniable, and I look forward to expanding our resources by leveraging the knowledge and expertise I will gain access to during this program,” Carnahan said. “As our talent pipeline continues to be a top challenge to our local business community, I am thrilled to be selected for this opportunity, which will allow me to explore innovative and productive practices that are truly moving the needle on skilled work force solutions.”

Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president for the Center for Education and Workforce, said the program was created to meet the needs of chamber of commerce partners. “They, better than anyone, see the critical link between education and economic development. And we are glad to be able to support them as they take on this critical leadership role in their community.”