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Edwards Named Chair of Institute for a Competitive Workforce
Anthony Welsch
Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce, a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, announced Sunday, March 4, 2012 that Knoxville Chamber President and CEO, Mike Edwards has been named chairman of the organization's volunteer board. Founded in 2006, ICW promotes the rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems needed to preserve the strength of America's greatest economic resource, its workforce. In his new role, Edwards will lead the U.S. Chamber's education and workforce affiliate and its 15-member board to be the national voice of business in education reform.

"Mike's leadership and commitment to education and business over the years makes him the perfect choice to chair the ICW board," said Cheryl Oldham, vice president of ICW. "He understands education is vital to job growth and keeping the nation competitive in a global economy."

Edwards has been president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber since 2002. In addition to contnuing his leadership role at the Knoxville Chamber, Edwards currently serves on the Tennessee Board of Education, the U.S. Chamber Education Employment and Training Committee, the board of the Great Schools Partnership, the board of the Public School Forum, the board of the Discovery Center, and on the Tennessee Business Roundtable board of directors.

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