Encounter Oak Ridge to Begin April 5

March 2, 2021 –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 the month of April. Encounter Oak Ridge is a four-session program designed to introduce Oak Ridge to new residents, new employees and everyone interested in learning more about the community where they live or work. Participants will be introduced to the unique aspects of Oak Ridge. Sessions will take place on four consecutive Mondays beginning on April 5 and concluding on April 26. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the program will be modified for a virtual experience.

According to Misty Bittle, of Management Solutions, LLC, and Chair of the Encounter Oak Ridge Committee, “Program participants will have the opportunity to learn about our wonderful community and will benefit from the new business and personal network they will gain. Encounter Oak Ridge is one of our organization’s offerings to inform and empower Oak Ridge’s new workforce and residents to be engaged in the community where they live and/or work”.

Each session (tentative schedule) will focus on different aspects of the Oak Ridge community:

  • April 5, 2:00-7:00 p.m., “Opening the gate: An Introduction to Oak Ridge” – program overview and history of Oak Ridge
  • April 12, 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; virtually attend an Oak Ridge City Council meeting
  • April 19, 2:00-7:00 p.m., “The Federal Presence & Oak Ridge Partners: $3B in Your Backyard” – virtual tour of federal sites
  • April 26, 2:00-7:00 p.m., “Oak Ridge Through Your Eyes” – Opportunity to share what you have learned about Oak Ridge.

Cost to participate is $400 per person. 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 Shelby Fowler (fowler@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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