Industry Driven Talent Development

As part of the Mountain Lakes Chamber Gateway Initiative a newly developed role was created to tackle modern day workforce challenges that the entire country is currently experiencing.

The Talent Development position called for a workforce expert capable of developing partnerships with Jackson County Economic Development Authority, Scottsboro City and Jackson County Schools, Northeast Alabama Community College and programs like the IMPACT Learning Center provide. The unified approach it meant to ensure the skills gap in our community are met through a collaborative approach.

Nancy began her career in 1983 as a Social Worker, at a Residential Treatment Center working with Emotionally Disturbed and Behavioral Problem Children at Camelot Care Centers, Inc., for 13 ½ years. There she was a Unit Leader, Program Director, Personnel Director and Foster Care Program Developer and Coordinator. She traveled the State of Tennessee training State workers in the Camelot Care Center’s Foster Care Program.

She left the Social Work Field, and started working for Scientific Ecology Group, the leading Radioactive Waste Processor in the United States, working in the Human Resources Department as a Human Resources Specialist, specializing in Benefits, Recruitment, Training & Development. Nancy met her husband, Charles Griggs and moved to the Northeast Alabama area living in Scottsboro and began working at Lozier Corporation in the Human Resources Department as a Human Resources Associate specializing in Recruitment & Benefits.

Nancy and Charles moved to Fort Payne where she worked at Siemens Westinghouse Power Generation Electrical Components Plant in the Human Resources Department as a Human Resources Specialist, specializing in Recruitment, Benefits, Training & Development.

In 2003, Nancy left Siemens to work at Northeast Alabama Community College where she worked in the Division of Workforce Development for 16 years as the Coordinator for Work Experience Programs, Developing and Coordinating: A Work Place Essential Class for the State of Alabama Community College Systems, Internships, Co-op’s and Apprenticeships, where she developed the First in the State of Alabama Youth Apprenticeship program.

Nancy retired from Northeast Alabama Community College and today, she works with the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce team as the Director of Talent Development in partnership with Jackson County Business & Industry to develop a countywide comprehensive “Program of Work” to help ensure the skills gap in our community are addressed through a collaborative approach.

Initiative Mission:

Workforce Resource Network

For Information contact:

Nancy Griggs


Mission: The Chamber serves as the primary liaison between the business and educations communities, taking the lade to ensure that all levels of education curriculum meets the existing and future workforce demands of business and industry. Along with our workforce partners (IMPACT Learning Center, Northeast Alabama Community College, Region 1 Workforce Development Council, Jackson County Economic Development Authority, Scottsboro City Schools, Jackson County Schools, Earnest Pruett Center of
Technology, as well as Training and Non-Profit Partners) We will deliver quantifiable improvements to the hiring of qualified, skilled workers to meet the current and future needs of our members.

“Talent development and retention is the top issue for our region. It is time for our Chamber to take the lead role in a coordinated workforce initiative that alights our business and industry needs with the proven education partners throughout Jackson County” – Joe Vaughn General Manager, WestRock


Get Involved:


Career Center Groundbreaking









You are invited to join us Thursday, June 17th at 10:00 am at the Impact Learning Center or on Zoom to hear about the “Skills on Wheels” and a chance to go inside the “Skills on Wheels Mobile Lab”. See first-hand how this “Mobile Lab” can assist your company with employment needs, job search, job application, resume assistance, computer classes, and is equipped with computers and Wi-Fi.