2015 Chamber Spring Luncheon, Wednesday, April 29th; Dr. Robert Templin, President Emeritus, NOVA to Give Keynote Address; Small Business Person Award to Be Presented

(Charlottesville, Virginia – April 7)  The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2015 Annual Chamber Spring Luncheon – underwritten by BB&T and The Ivy Group, Ltd. – on Wednesday, April 29th, at the DoubleTree Hotel at 11:30 AM. More than 100 of the expected attendance of 200 business persons & civic leaders, already are reserved.

The Annual Chamber Spring Luncheon will continue its focus on education and workforce development. This year’s luncheon will feature a keynote address by Dr. Robert G. Templin, President Emeritus of Northern Virginia Community College (2002-2015).

In November 2013, Dr. Templin presented a comprehensive analysis of Virginia’s steep educational and workforce challenge at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Blueprint Virginia” Summit in Williamsburg. As part of that powerful presentation, Dr. Templin reported that over the 2014-2024 decade, Virginia would witness:

  • The creation of more than 840,000 new jobs requiring some type of post-secondary education credential; almost half of all created jobs in scientific and technical careers; and,
  • The retirement of more than 1.2 million Virginians; primarily “baby boomers,” from the workforce.

Dr. Templin has stated that, to meet the growing workforce demands, Virginia must:

  • Better align school and postsecondary programs with regional job market requirements;
  • Better reach underserved populations of low-income and first-generation college-goers;
  • Strengthen the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and workforce pipeline from middle school through college; and,
  • Create robust work-based learning apprenticeships, cooperative education positions and internships.

During the luncheon, The Chamber will present the 2015 Chamber Small Business Person Award to a Small Business Person from a Chamber member enterprise who has made a significant contribution to the community. For more information contact the Chamber at: 434.295.3141 or To register, please see the Chamber calendar on

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in the greater Charlottesville communities. Founded in 1913, today, the Chamber’s more than 1,200 member and affiliate enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in Greater Charlottesville, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.75 billion a year.

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