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The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber Hires New Foundation Director

The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber has hired Tonya Smith to be their full-time Director. The Foundation has developed programs that focus on workplace wellness, leadership and skills development, and career exploration.

As a 501(c)3 charitable organization and subsidiary of the Chamber, the Foundation is intimately tied to the priorities of the Chamber and its members, while remaining laser-focused on programming which inspires the 21st-century workforce and strengthens the bridge between business, industry, and education.

Learn more about Tonya and her mission and focus for The Foundation below.

About Me: I am a firm believer in the power of faith, family, and community. These pillars have guided me throughout my life, shaping my values and priorities.

Background: Since the age of 19, I have been immersed in the world of business, founding and managing five successful ventures over the years. Alongside my entrepreneurial endeavors, I dedicated 18 years of service to assisting landowners and farmers at the USDA FSA/NRCS, where I honed my expertise in agricultural matters.

Passions: My greatest joy comes from spending quality time with my husband Kirby, our children, and grandchildren. They are the heart of my world, and I cherish every moment we share together.

Mission: I am thrilled to embark on a new chapter in my professional journey as the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce Foundation Director, where I will collaborate with educators and employers in Columbia and Montour Counties to foster a vibrant and skilled workforce. By working side by side with these stakeholders, I aim to contribute to the creation of a successful and thriving community for generations to come.

Current Focus: Currently, my focus is on leveraging my experience and expertise to support workforce development initiatives in the Columbia and Montour Counties. I am eager to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations to empower our youth and workforce, ensuring a prosperous future for our communities.

Get in Touch: I am passionate about forging meaningful connections and partnerships. If you share my commitment to building a stronger community, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out to me at 570-784-2522.

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