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Chamber battles inequality

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to ad­dress inequality of opportunity.

The local chamber will join the U.S. Chamber’s national town hall event on June 25 where business and community leaders will discuss concrete actions that can be taken by government and the private sector to address inequality through education, employment, entrepreneurship and criminal justice reform. As a partner on this important initiative, the Blair County Chamber will host local and industry dialogues to further the discussion.

“So much of what we do as an organization focuses on education, employment and entrepreneurship,” said Chamber President/CEO Joe Hurd in a statement. “Are we doing a good job in how we allocate the opportunities that we provide through those efforts? Should we incorporate discussion on criminal justice reform? These are questions that we hope to be able to answer with a higher degree of certainty through our affiliation with this national initiative.”

“The moral case for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is indisputable, and there’s overwhelming evidence that greater diversity benefits the American economy, businesses, communities and employees,” said U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark in a statement. “We are proud to partner with the Blair County Chamber on this initiative and help develop a robust plan of action.”

The work of this national initiative will build on the work already undertaken by the Blair County Chamber in cooperation with Operation Our Town and Healthy Blair County Coalition.

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