Huntsville Community Recognized as a Leader in Developing a Competitive Workforce


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U.S. Chamber Foundation Highlights the Role Huntsville Employers, Educators,
and Parents are playing to ensure student success.

HUNTSVILLE, AL—The Huntsville/Madison County community was featured nationally by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today for the outstanding role the business community, educators, parents, and policy makers play in ensuring students are being prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. Huntsville was the first community “voice” profiled on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Achieving website which highlights the importance high standards play in K-12 education to prepare students for life after high school.


“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,” said Lyndsay Ferguson, Workforce Director for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. “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.”


“Voices of Huntsville” features photojournalistic testimonials from U.S. Space & Rocket Center CEO, Dr. Deborah Barnhart, The Schools Foundation Executive Director, Elizabeth Fleming, Madison Crossroads Elementary School Principal, Russ O’Rear, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama President, Jim Bolte, among many others. The profiles illustrate how all key community stakeholders, working together, are creating an environment where students can thrive.


“Huntsville was the first community that came to mind when we were brainstorming potential communities to feature on Achieving,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Senior Vice President, Cheryl Oldham. “Here’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.”


Huntsville is the first community to be profiled on Achieving’s “Voices” photojournalistic portal. Other communities with similar success stories will be profiled over the coming months. To learn more, visit


Lyndsay Ferguson, Workforce Director, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County;; (256) 535-2008