Encounter Oak Ridge to Begin September 14

July 14, 2020 –The Oak Ridge Center for Leadership & Community Development, an affiliated organization of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce its Encounter Oak Ridge program will be offered during September and October. Encounter Oak Ridge is a four-session program designed to introduce Oak Ridge to new residents and new employees. Participants will be introduced to the unique aspects of Oak Ridge. Sessions will take place on four consecutive Mondays beginning on September 14 and concluding on October 5. The program is planned to be an in-person experience but may be shifted to a virtual platform if necessary.

According to Misty Bittle, of Management Solutions and Chair of the Encounter Oak Ridge Committee, “Participants in this program will have the opportunity to learn about our community and will benefit from the new business and personal contacts they will make through it. Encounter Oak Ridge is one of our organization’s offerings to inform and empower Oak Ridge’s workforce and residents to be engaged in the community where they live and/or work.”

Each session will focus on different aspects of the Oak Ridge community:

  • September 14, 3:00-8:00 p.m., “Opening the gate: An Introduction to Oak Ridge” – program overview; history of Oak Ridge; tour; attend an Oak Ridge City Council meeting; and dinner
  • September 21, 3:00-8:00 p.m., “Live, Work & Play in Oak Ridge” – learn about the numerous enrichment opportunities and the Oak Ridge quality of life
  • September 28, 2:00-7:00 p.m., “The Federal Presence & Oak Ridge Partners: $3B in Your Backyard” – tour federal sites
  • October 5, 2:00-7:00 p.m., “Oak Ridge Through Your Eyes” – Opportunity to share what you have learned about Oak Ridge; reception with Oak Ridge leaders.

Cost to participate is $400 per person and covers meals, transportation and program costs. A 10% discount is available for Oak Ridge Chamber Millennium Partners. For more information on this program, or to register, visit the Chamber’s website: www.oakridgechamber.org. For additional information, contact Greta Ownby (ownby@orcc.org or 865-483-1321).

The mission of the Center for Leadership & Community Development is to support successful growth, development and cohesion of the Oak Ridge community through leadership programs and organizations by empowering implementation of their chosen visions and goals.

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is a Four-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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