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“Encounter Oak Ridge” Program Wraps Up First Session

6/2/2017

The Oak Ridge Center for Leadership & Community Development, an affiliated organization of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, has wrapped up its inaugural session of Encounter Oak Ridge, a new four-part program. The program is designed to introduce Oak Ridge to new residents, new employees and everyone interested in learning more about the community where they live or work.

Participants learned about Oak Ridge through four meetings with topics such as: Opening the gate: An Introduction to Oak Ridge The Federal Presence & Oak Ridge Partners; $3B in Your Backyard; Challenges & Opportunities: City and County Leaders and the Issues They Face; and A Week in Oak Ridge. The theme of the program is: An Introduction to Oak Ridge – a small, southern town with international influence and impact.

The fall program will take place on four consecutive Mondays, beginning on September 11 and concluding on October 2 and will feature similar topics as were featured in the Spring program. Encounter Oak Ridge is sponsored by NSPS.

Participants in the Spring program were Stephanie Windsor of RSI, Ginny Manning of RSI, Shari Coulter of ORNL Federal Credit Union, Tim Vilter of ORNL Federal Credit Union, Angela Brown of ORNL Federal Credit Union, Carlos Rodriquez Flores of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Moody Altamimi of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tilley Hayes of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce/Explore Oak Ridge, Amanda Muirhead of Y-12, Douglas Peplow of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Eric Swanson of Y-12, Kelley Smith of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Simon Kimber of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Scott Schmidt of NSPS.

Bonnie Hebert, of Oak Ridge National Laboratory/UT-Battelle and Chair of the Encounter Oak Ridge program said, “Our pilot offering of Encounter Oak Ridge was successful because of outstanding participants and committed session coordinators. We look forward to the next session in the fall when we’ll implement the suggestions collected from the pilot session’s participants.”

According to John Garrity of NSPS, LLC and Chairman of the Center for Leadership & Community Development, “The Center for Leadership & Community Development Board of Directors strives to offer valuable programs to encourage community involvement in Oak Ridge. This new program, modeled after similar programs across the country, clearly meets a demand and serves a segment of our workforce desiring a community orientation. We are happy that demand is such that another session will be offered this fall.”

The Encounter Oak Ridge planning committee includes Hebert and Garrity and they are joined by Hans Vogel of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge City Councilman, Owen Driskill of Roane State Community College and Greta Ownby of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Leadership & Community Development.
Cost to participate is $375 per person and covers meals, transportation and program costs. Discounts are available for Oak Ridge Chamber members who invest at the Business Essential or above levels.

For more information on Encounter Oak Ridge, or to register for the fall session, contact Greta Ownby (ownby@orcc.org or 865-483-1321). To download a brochure on the program, visit the Chamber’s website: www.oakridgechamber.org.

The mission of the Center for Leadership & Community Development is to support successful growth, development and cohesion of the Oak Ridge community through leadership programs and organizations by empowering implementation of their chosen visions and goals.

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is a Four-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce.

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