Chamber announces staff departure
John Seymour, president and CEO of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, announced today that Amber Turner, the Chamber’s director of workforce development and education, will step down from her position effective March 30, to become the interim executive director of the North Alabama Workforce Development Alliance (NAWDA).
Turner 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.
“Amber has accomplished an incredible amount of work to move the needle on training our regional workforce for careers in our developing economy,” said Seymour. “Her work serving as a liaison with our school and providing opportunities for students across Morgan County has made a measurable impact, and will continue to after her time with the Chamber. We are sad to lose her as a team member, but we are confident her next career chapter will continue to benefit our business community.”
Other programs in Turner’s area include the Partners-In-Education program, new teacher and State of Schools events, the Quality Education Committee, the Workforce Coalition, the Summer Welding & Electrical Technology (SWeETy) Camp for high school girls, Endless Opportunities, the Career & Workforce Expo, and Equip Leadership – the eighth grade leadership curricula dedicated to exposing career opportunities in the trade industries to young people.
Turner joined the Chamber in October 2016, having previously served as recruiting manager for Lyons HR. With Lyons, she served as an onsite manager with Steelcase Inc. in Athens, Ala., where she managed more than 350 contract employees. In her role, she conducted new employee orientations, safety and training seminars, school engagements, job fairs and production of advertising materials. She was employed by Lyons since 2008.
The Chamber is currently reviewing candidates to fill Turner’s position once she departs. In the interim period, the Chamber staff will continue the workforce and education programing developed by Turner and the Board while the search process unfolds.