Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chamber Foundation

About the Chamber Foundation

Huntsville/Madison County has experienced astounding growth and prosperity in recent years, and the Chamber supports this growth and ensures continued success as a destination region for jobs and quality of life. The Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit. The purpose of the Chamber Foundation is to lead workforce and education efforts that will ensure our region has sufficient quantity and quality of talent to meet employer needs and support sustained growth. Ensuring that students are fully prepared for college and the workplace is one of the most important things we can do to build a strong economy. This requires industry, education and public sector stakeholders working together and investing in classrooms today to develop the workforce of tomorrow.

Voluntary Contributions

  • The Chamber is fortunate to represent more than 2,000 businesses in our community. We are uniquely positioned to lead this work and support educators as they prepare students in Huntsville/Madison County for smart futures.
  • The Chamber Foundation is funded through voluntary contributions by our members that are included with annual invoices and paid along with their annual membership renewal:
    • $25 flat voluntary contribution for members whose dues are $500 or less per year
    • 5% voluntary contribution for members whose dues are greater than $500 per year
    • Workforce development impacts our entire community. We need diversity of investments to enable us to seek future grant funding from larger foundations/organizations in support of this work.
  • We hope you will choose to invest in a smart place by supporting The Chamber Foundation and this important work.

We have demonstrated that resources deployed effectively lead to deliberate growth in aerospace, advanced manufacturing, defense, biotech, geospatial, engineering, and communications. Resources provided by the Chamber Foundation will provide us the capacity to change the economic landscape of our region.

The Chamber Foundation will lead an Industry Insight Program—a professional development program focused on providing resources and knowledge to 9th grade Career Prep teachers in Huntsville, Madison City and Madison County Schools.

  • All 9th graders in Alabama are required to take a Career Prep Class.
  • The Industry Insight Program will include four annual professional development trainings for all Career Prep teachers.
    • This program will directly address one of the key focus areas identified by our community: prepare students with knowledge of career opportunities in our region and realistic paths to attain these opportunities.
  • In addition to the focus on Career Prep teachers, district career coaches, career tech directors and counselors also will be invited to participate in the program.
  • The program will bring educators into local businesses to enrich their knowledge of career opportunities, equipping educators with resources and knowledge to support their work with more than 4,000 students annually.
  • The Industry Insight Program is all about workforce and career awareness, and professional development! The training will give a deeper, richer experience for all students.

2017 Chamber Foundation Board of Directors

Ron Poteat

Ron Poteat
North Alabama Area Executive
Regions Bank



Jason Baldwin
North Alabama CEO
BBVA Compass

Tim Lingo
Huntsville Site HR Senior Manager
The Boeing Company

Mark Brazeal
General Manager, Administration
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Ian Poulton
Senior Finance Manager
PPG Aerospace

Bryan Dodson

Bryan Dodson

Elise Taylor
Director, Corporate University
Huntsville Hospital

Graham Foster
Cyber Operations Senior Manager
Davidson Technologies, Inc.

Beth Sippel

Chip Cherry
Chamber of Commerce of
Huntsville/Madison County

Kevin Heering
Senior Vice President,
Quality and Administration

Rose Allen

Rose Allen
InterFuze Corporation

Lee Holland
Project Executive
Turner Construction

Jennifer Carden
K-12 Coordinator
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Kim Lewis

Kim Lewis

Elizabeth Fleming
Executive Director
The Schools Foundation



“I strongly encourage anyone who has the opportunity to attend this to go. Very informative especially to hear first-hand from the leaders in industry on their current opportunities and what they are looking for in the future workforce.”  – Career Coach

“I really enjoyed the panel discussion with the construction executives. It was great to hear what they are looking for in employees. I liked being able to hear what they had to say and being able to bring that information back to my students.”  – Career Prep Teacher

“Huntsville’s a community that has such fantastic engagement by all stakeholders in its education system. They know creating the workforce of tomorrow requires investing in human capital where it matters most—the classroom.”  – Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

“Students learn best when they understand how their learning applies to the world around them. Our community gets that. We all have a role to play in helping students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive workplace. Our business leaders understand that investing in education is smart business. It is critical for the success of our students and it is equally critical for the future success of Huntsville/Madison County.”  – Lyndsay Ferguson, Workforce Director for the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County

Learn More

Learn more about the Chamber Foundation by reviewing the FAQ document here.

Contact Info

For more information on the Chamber Foundation, please contact Lyndsay Ferguson, Workforce Director for the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, or 256-535-2008.