Woodland Park chamber reaching out

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While Woodland Park has seen a steady stream of job seekers, the city hasn’t been hit as hard as some on the Front Range.

But Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Miller said her office is working with others in the region to connect businesses and workers.

“The Pikes Peak Workforce Center comes here a couple of times a month to train employees,” she said. “They work on resumes, provide classes on interview skills and grooming. Really, they do so much for the people here.”

And the chamber pitches in by providing connections between businesses, she said.

“That’s one thing I see here that I haven’t seen anywhere else,” said Miller, who has headed chambers of commerce in Illinois and South Carolina. “The businesses here are very connected, very involved with each other. They want to see each other succeed — and they work toward that. It’s good news for the businesses — and for the work force.”

The chamber is also a member of the Pikes Peak Regional Business Partnership, the only organization outside El Paso County to join. That group, she said, also works on solutions to solve unemployment and recruit businesses to the area.

“We’re connected regionally, statewide and nationally,” she said. “In this economy, you have to stay abreast of the trends — and that’s what we’re working to do.”