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“Encounter Oak Ridge” to begin April 24


The Oak Ridge Center for Leadership & Community Development, an affiliated organization of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce a new program. Encounter Oak Ridge is a new four-session program 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 will be introduced to the unique aspects of Oak Ridge. Sessions will take place on four consecutive Mondays, beginning on April 24 and concluding on May 15. Encounter Oak Ridge is sponsored by NSPS.

Bonnie Hebert, of Oak Ridge National Laboratory/UT-Battelle and Chair of the Encounter Oak Ridge program said, “Participants in this new program will benefit from learning about our community and from the new business and personal contacts they will make through Encounter Oak Ridge.”

According to John Garrity of NSPS, LLC and Chairman of the Center for Leadership & Community Development, “Encounter Oak Ridge is our organization’s latest offering to inform and empower Oak Ridge’s workforce and residents to be engaged in the community where they live and/or work.”

Each session will focus on different aspects of the Oak Ridge community:

  • April 24, 3:30-7:00 p.m, Opening the gate: An Introduction to Oak Ridge – history, tour and reception with Oak Ridge leaders
  • May 1, 3:30-7:00 p.m., The Federal Presence & Oak Ridge Partners: $3 in Your Backyard – Tour Y-12 and ORNL
  • May 8, 4:00-7:30 p.m., Challenges & Opportunities: City and County Leaders and the Issues They Face – Meeting with city and county officials, learn about challenges and attend and Oak Ridge City Council meeting
  • May 15, 3:30-7:00 p.m., A Week in Oak Ridge – Learn about the numerous enrichment opportunities and the Oak Ridge quality of life
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 this new program, or to register, contact Greta Ownby (ownby@orcc.org or 865-483-1321). To download a brochure on the program, click here.

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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