AMBASSADORS: Connect with fellow Chamber members and build business relationships with one-on-one personal calls to other members. Meets monthly. CONOMIC/WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Work with education professionals and employers to identify key areas concerning workforce development and implement programs to better equip our community with a qualified workforce. Committees include: Advanced Manufacturing, STEM, Information Technology, Construction GRAINS AND GRITS: Assist with the Tennessee Whiskey Trail’s hottest event Nov. 3. This festival is the opportunity to experience southern spirits and gourmet grub. H.O.G. Rally: The Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) is coming May 29-June 3 for its largest Eastern U.S. rally. Assist with the week-long event. HOPS IN THE HILLS: Assist with the anchor event for downtown Maryville’s mid-summer festival Summer on Broadway, June 22-23, as we have a “Celebration of Fermentation.” HR FOCUS GROUP/SUPERVISOR’S TRAINING: Quarterly meetings to address HR issues in the workplace. Supervisor’s Training is an annual workshop held in the fall to update supervisors on new and important human resource issues. JOB FAIR: Get in on the planning of a job fair for Blount County which includes highlighting the positions and companies hiring. LEGISLATIVE BRIEFINGS: You will be invited to local, state, and federal briefings with our elected officials and regulators, held throughout the year. You will also receive timely information from our legislators and the US & State Chambers that impact public policy and business regulations. PIGS & POLITICS: Help plan and/or assist at the annual Pigs & Politics Legislative BBQ at Maryville College on April 3. Planning meetings begin in late January. PRIMETIME: Assist in coordinating more than 400 Chamber members as they meet for an afternoon of networking, prizes, food and music on Oct. 30. SMOKY MOUNTAIN SCOTTISH FESTIVAL & GAMES: Volunteer at this annual event which takes place at Maryville College May 19-20. It’s East Tennessee’s premier celebration of Scottish culture and history. TASTE OF BLOUNT: Help plan and/or assist the 17th Annual Taste of Blount Sept. 13 at the Theater in the Park. 20+ food vendors, music, judging & networking. Two to three planning meetings beginning in June. TOWNSEND SPRING FESTIVAL: Volunteers for the 27th Annual Townsend Spring Festival to be held May 4-5. Two to three planning meetings beginning in February. TOWNSEND FALL FESTIVAL & OLD TIMERS DAY: Volunteer for the 27th Annual Townsend Fall Festival and Old Timers Day on Sept. 28-29. Two to three planning meetings beginning in June. TRANSPORTATION BRIEFINGS: Hear local community leaders and TDOT discuss current transportation projects. Meets spring, fall, and as needed. WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Women share best practices and discuss issues relevant to work and home life. Meets bimonthly.