Last month, leaders from a number of NC Chamber member companies joined with SAS CEO Jim Goodnight for a press conference announcing their joint efforts to spearhead a new initiative aimed at making North Carolina a national leader in early-childhood literacy programs. This initiative is centered on the newly released report, “Why Reading Matters and What to Do About It,” which demonstrates the clear links between stronger investments in early-childhood literacy programs and a stronger, more work-ready talent pipeline for the state’s job creators.
You can learn more about these efforts by registering to take part in an informational webinar being hosted next Tuesday, March 7 by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. Dale Jenkins, CEO of the Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina and immediate past chair of the NC Chamber Board of Directors, will present on the vital need for North Carolina leaders to invest more resources into third-grade reading programs.
The NC Chamber applauds the members of the Business Roundtable (BRT), the group of business leaders taking charge of this important initiative. In addition to joining the webinar, we encourage you to check out this op-ed which ran recently in The Charlotte Observer. It was penned by BRT member Tom Nelson, CEO of NC Chamber member National Gypsum Company, and provides additional details on this initiative and its importance in enabling business leaders to claim a more active role in cultivating a fully work-ready workforce for North Carolina.
Gary J. Salamido
Vice President, Government Affairs
North Carolina Chamber