Chamber announces staff departure
John Seymour, president and CEO of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, announced today that Taylor Simmons, director of workforce development, will step down from her position effective Sept. 23, 2014.
Simmons, who joined the Chamber in 2011, is responsible for expanding the public and private workforce training efforts for the emerging, unemployed and underemployed workers in Morgan County. The focus of her work helps provide a well-trained workforce with the skills to meet the needs of area businesses and industries. Also part of her focus is the Chamber's education programming – including the Starting Strong Initiative that has helped expand the availability of pre-k education to more than 200 children in Morgan County.
"Taylor's knowledge of human resource strategy and workforce training, along with her ability to help create and grow partnerships, has impacted our region's workforce development efforts in ways we will see for years to come," said Seymour. "Her work growing pre-k availability in our area and her skills in understanding the needs of our industries is remarkable. Simmons' contributions to this Chamber and Morgan County have had a dramatic influence on our community and the region."
Other programs in her area include the Partners-In-Education program, the Quality Education Committee, the Diversity Development Committee and the Summer Welding & Electrical Technology (SWeETy) Camp for high school girls. She also created the now annual Endless Opportunities event, where eighth graders from across Morgan County explore careers in which they have interest and learn how to design their high school curriculum to meet their goals.
The Chamber is currently reviewing candidates to fill Simmons' position once she departs. In the interim period, the Chamber staff will continue the workforce programing developed by Simmons while the search process unfolds.