The Sacramento Metro Chamber and NextEd said Wednesday that they have entered into a strategic partnership to share resources and further the goals of the Next Economy, the regional effort to create jobs and billions of dollars in economic growth.
Based in Sacramento, NextEd is a not-for-profit organization that works to develop partnerships among business, labor, education, communities and government to foster regional economic goals, and enhance academic performance and career readiness of students in the region.
The partnership calls for sharing of key personnel on the entities respective boards, event management and staff support.
Education and workforce development are critical elements of regional economic competitiveness, said Roger Niello, chamber president and CEO. NextEds programs provide the Metro Chamber and the business community with an effective platform to improve educational outcomes and enhance our regional economy.
Our schools and colleges desperately want business people to advise curriculum, engage in the classroom and inspire students. NextEds programs allow business people to engage with education in an effective and meaningful way, said NextEd CEO Dave Butler, who also assumes the position of executive vice president of the Metro Chamber.
Officials said the partnership was formalized after talks that began more than a year ago with several other regional economic development organizations.
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