The Business View – June 2015 / Chamber at Work

Chamber Receives School System Award


In April, the Mobile Area Chamber received the Workforce Development Starts With Us award from the Mobile County Public School System. It was given to the Chamber for bringing business and industry leaders to the table with K-12 and higher education teachers to talk about the ever-changing needs of Mobile’s workforce.


Accepting the award for the Chamber was Emily McGrath, the Chamber’s education and workforce development director; Troy Wayman, vice president of economic development for the Chamber; and Loka Mistratta with Cintas Corp., who served as workforce development vice chairman until he moved to Dallas in May.


2015 Award Winners:

  • Empowering Students Starts With Us Award: Chief James H. Barber, Mobile Police Department
  • Community Involvement Starts With Us: The Fuse Project
  • Workforce Development Starts With Us: Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mentoring Starts With Us: Kappa League
  • Student Safety Starts With Us: Ronnie Adair, Mobile County Emergency Management Agency
  • Supporting Academics Starts With Us: United Way of Southwest Alabama
  • Giving Back Starts With Us: Mobile Rotary Club
  • The Future Starts With Us: Bay Chevrolet
  • Career Preparation Starts With Us: Airbus Engineering Division
  • Innovation Starts With Us: VT MAE
  • Partner of the Year: Mobile Infirmary
  • It Starts With Me: Amelia Lindsay, Allentown Elementary School
  • It Starts With Me: Cheyenne Bliss, Burns Middle School
  • It Starts With Me: Semaj Bell, BC Rain High School
  • Elementary Teacher of the Year: Laniese Howard, Kate Shepard Elementary School
  • Secondary Teacher of the Year: Don Jones, BC Rain High School
  • Student Support Starts With Us: MCPSS Transportation Department
  • School Spirit Starts With Us: Nancy Pierce, Public Relations Supervisor


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