Gregory named to Governor's Workforce Board

Gregory named to Governor's Workforce Board

LINCOLN - John C. Gregory, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce president, has been appointed to the Governor's Workforce Board by Gov. Lincoln Chafee during the most recent session of the General Assembly.

The 19-member board, which has been led by Executive Director Rick Brooks since November 2011, is responsible for developing policies and programs to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the state's workforce development system, increase the education and skill levels of workers and address the workforce needs of employers.

"John brings many years of experience and insights to the board as an advocate for the challenges and opportunities that exist for Rhode Island businesses," Brooks said. "John also brings a sophisticated understanding of the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing the workforce and economic development needs of Rhode Island."

Gregory has been head of the Chamber for nearly 22 years. During his tenure, he has been instrumental in implementing several value-added benefits for Chamber members and in helping the board of directors develop a strategic plan that resulted in a four-star out of five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He was also the driving force behind a five-Chamber coalition formed several years ago to lobby lawmakers, and the alliance has grown to include 10 chambers.