Chamber kicks off summer intern initiative

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Daniel Jones, Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce board chairman, addresses the summer interns and members of the Paducah Young Professionals attending a kickoff breakfast Tuesday morning at Community Financial Services Bank on Irvin Cobb Drive.

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce wants to encourage young people entering the workforce to stay in the community and launched an effort Tuesday morning to encourage them to do so.

The chamber hosted a breakfast for summer interns working in the Paducah area at Community Financial Service Bank's Paducah location on Irvin Cobb Drive.

"We had a great turnout," said Sandra Wilson, chamber president. "There are a lot of interns in Paducah this summer. We had some from Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, Swift & Staley, a CPA firm, a law firm, a couple of banks and a small business.

"It was a great representation. Our message to them is we hope they have a great experience this summer and will want to come back to our community."

The 42 interns in attendance were joined by members of the Paducah Young Professionals, Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and chamber board chairman Daniel Jones.

Members of the Paducah Young Professionals gave the interns insight into the benefits of staying in the area for future employment. PYP members also will mentor interns this summer and invite them to some of their events, according to Wilson.

The interns also will be invited to other events this summer, including a CEO Roundtable which will be held June 20 and feature Bill Jones of U.S. Bank.

"We look at it (intern program) partly as workforce development, because it's helping to grow our own workforce for the future," Wilson said.

"Employers are investing a lot of money to train (interns) and spend time with them," Wilson added. "These are great opportunities for them to go back to work for these companies they have interned with."

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