Grow Local 2021 set to launch

GREENVILLE, NC (March 4, 2021) — Grow Local, the largest effort of its kind in eastern North Carolina, is a week-long initiative led by the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Pitt County Development Commission and PhRMA.  The program, taking place the week of March 22, is a no-cost business/educator initiative designed to introduce, involve, inspire, and invest in the future of our community and workforce.

Grow Local is intended to create and unveil career interests, grow the talent pipeline, and connect local businesses to future employees.  Over 3,800 Pitt County public school students have registered to participate in the program that will match middle and high school students up with a virtual experience, giving them the opportunity to learn more about all career opportunities available within their host business. 

Grow Local week is made possible by the 87 local businesses participating, along with partnerships from Pitt County Schools, Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County, and the Pitt County Educational Foundation.  From virtual tours of local businesses and engaging conversations with business leaders, students will have a first-hand experience at a day in the life of an employee in a field relevant to curriculum they are studying in their class.

“The Chamber remains dedicated to our community, local businesses and the future of our workforce,” said Chamber President Kate Teel. "We take tremendous pride in giving local students the opportunity to experience what their future may hold from a career perspective and are thankful to our local businesses for volunteering their time and resources to make Grow Local a beneficial experience. We are confident that the program will help ensure the long-term success of existing industry and encourage future business growth."

Grow Local week is set to launch March 22-26, 2021, in conjunction with NC Students@Work Month.

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For more information, contact:

Kate Teel, President & CEO
Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce
252.752.4101 ext. 2228.

Students participate in Grow Local 2019. Photo by Aaron Hines - City of Greenville