Business leaders and educators from the Twin Counties and beyond converged on the campus of Edgecombe Community College on Thursday to discuss how the two groups can work together for the betterment of the community.
John Chaffee, president and CEO of the NCEast Alliance, the lead economic development organization serving Eastern North Carolina, was the keynote speaker at the Twin Counties Education and Business Leaders’ Summit. The summit was organized by the Strategic Twin Counties Education Partnership, or S.T.E.P.
Chaffee urged educators and businesses to work hand-in-hand to solve the critical issues affecting the local economy and workforce development.
“With the announcement of new jobs in the Twin Counties, a wave of excitement has been created. However, there is also a sense of urgency with educators and industry to prepare the needed workforce,” Chaffee said. “Our region already suffers from a skills gap, not unlike others around the state and country. While there is a chronically high rate of unemployment, many jobs still go unfilled.”