Workforce Project Asset List

Please click on the regions in the map below to see Workforce development projects specific to that region.
If you have any questions, or would like to add a resource, please contact Senior Talent Pipeline Manager, North Central Region, Sara Tracy.

All Programs

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AHEC Scholars Program

AHEC Scholars
AHEC Scholars is a national program to expand education for students in nursing or healthcare related fields. The program promotes interdisciplinary work with 40 hours of didactic and 40 hours of experiential learning for the last two years of a healthcare degree or certificate program.
Website: none
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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Bluegrass Planning Consortium

The Bluegrass Planning Consortium has been working with both educators and employers to plan clinical rotations for over 40 years. This has become a seamless and collaborative process as opposed to the “first come, first serve” practices across the state. We are exploring the potential ways that we could share this “best practice” with other regions.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Sara Tracy, stracy@kychamber.com

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Bus To Business

Bus to Business® is a statewide initiative focused on bridging the gap between classrooms and careers so students are better equipped to make career choices.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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Central and NKY Collaborative

The Central and Northern Kentucky TPM collaborative launched just before the holidays. They set three main priorities: 1. A focus on the better intention of K-12 engagement. 2. A focus on grant funding opportunities for training and up-skilling. 3. A focus on the challenges around clinical rotations scheduling and staffing.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Sara Tracy, stracy@kychamber.com

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Challenger Learning Center

Through the PMC Workforce Innovation Center, participating middle school classes will be provided with project-based instructional materials and activities aligned with Kentucky science core content. Once the curriculum has been completed in the classroom, the students will take a memorable trip to the Challenger Learning Center where they will participate in the newest program titled “Artemis-Mission ECHO” (Exploring Community Healthcare Occupations).
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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CHARGE (Creating Healthcare Advancment opportunities to promote Rural Kentucky under-Graduate nursing excellence)

Creating Healthcare Advancement opportunities to promote Rural Kentucky under-Graduate nursing excellence (CHARGE)
Through CHARGE students interested in nursing particpate in a monthly Zoom and in-person workshops to explore a career in nursing. The program includes job shadowing and advising support.
Website: none
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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College Rural Scholars

College Rural Scholars
The College Rural Scholar program is designed for students from rural western Kentucky counties (Professional Education Preparation Program or PEPP and non-PEPP) who may be most likely to become physicians and return to similar communities. The students are nominated as early as their first term in college, and those selected become scholars the following summer. They receive a small academic scholarship during their last three years of college and participate in a three-week summer session each year.
Website: none
Program Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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CTE Health Science Learning Pathway for Work Based Learning (FUSION)

CTE Health Science Learning Pathway for Work Based Learning (FUSION)
The Christian County Public School System uses a CTE Health Science Learning Pathway as part of FUSION to create active healthcare work based learning experiences or co-ops. Through this intiative, Jennie Stuart Health is building a workforce pipeline.
Website: christian.kyschools.us/fusion
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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Eastern Ky Collaborative

The Eastern Ky Collaborative launched in November of 2023. HR Directors, Workforce Development Coordinators, and Educators from across the region have come together to focus on the unique needs of Eastern Kentucky.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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Fair Chance Academy

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Workforce Recovery Program launched the first-ever Fair Chance Academy in May 2022. This Fair Chance Academy provides businesses with training and experiences to adopt a Fair Chance workplace that provides transformational employment successfully. 100 Kentuckians have participated in the initial four cohorts of businesses to be certified as Fair Chance.

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Future Healthcare Professionals

Future Healthcare Professionals (FHP) is a free program that introduces high school students to the healthcare field. Programs take place in the evening at local area hospitals, community centers, libraries, and schools. Throughout the program, students are introduced to a variety of health careers through the study of anatomy and physiology, hands on activities, service projects, guest speakers, and field trips. Past activities include: CPR/first aid certification, suturing lessons, solving a medical forensics case, learning to intubate, and measuring vitals.
Website: https://www.wku.edu/scahec/fhp.php
Project Manager Contact: Jacob McAndrews, jmcandrews@kychamber.com

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Future Physicians Program

Future Physcians
Through Future Physcians, Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital provides college students an in-depth look into a career in medicine. This summer program allows undergraduate, pre-medicine students to shadow physicians and advanced practice clinicians for a well-rounded experience. Participants are expected to gain over 150 hours of shadowing experience and will earn a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the program.
Website: none
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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GenAI Summit Series

Led by the HCCGL, Baptist Health Louisville, JCTC, Thumbprint Consulting, KHA, and KCF worked together to plan a summit on GenAI in healthcare. This was held on February 29th with nearly 50 attendees. It received overwhelmingly positive reviews and as a result the second HCCGL Workforce Summit is set for Thursday, September 12, 2024.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Sara Tracy, stracy@kychamber.com

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Greater Louisville Collaborative

The Greater Louisville Collaborative launched on March 28th. The group is interested in gaining a better overall understanding of the supply and demand of the healthcare workforce in the region before setting priorities.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Sara Tracy, stracy@kychamber.com

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H3P Support Services/WIOA

Big Sandy Community Action Program offers H3P support services along with employment and training services to adult, laid off, and disolacted workers through the Workforce Innovation Act (WIOA) in Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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Health Career Explorers

Health Career Explorers is a program for high school students in Hardin County who are interested in learning more about different health professions. Throughout the program, students visit different departments at Baptist Health Hardin learning about each department and talking with health professionals. In some departments, students will get to try simulated medical procedures.
Website: https://www.wku.edu/scahec/explorers.php
Project Manager Contact: Jacob McAndrews, jmcandrews@kychamber.com

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Healthcare Occupation Students of America (HOSA)

HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) is an organization with the purpose of developing leadership and technical skill competentices for students. The mission of HOSA is to enahance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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Healthcare Pathways Partnership Program (H3P)

H3P is designed to help unemployed and underemployed individuals in the region take advantage of a career in nursing, and to help employees move up the career ladder while mentoring and encouraging upward mobility.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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HealthForce Kentucky

HealthForce Kentucky
HealthForce Kentucky is an effort to inspire careers in health care by providing wider access to the highest levels of instruction and technology. This unique collaboration involves nine colleges and universities along with numerous school districts across 16 counties in Western Kentucky.
Website: none
Program Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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High School Rural Scholars

High School Rural Scholars Program
The High School Rural Scholars Program participants are engaged in observations of health care services. Students divide their time between shadowing health care professionals in their home counties and college entrance exam preparation. The Trover Campus serves as the central support site for the program.
Website: none
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com.

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Jobs for Kentucky Graduates

JAG KY provides guidance to students in participating high schools in areas of career development, job attainment, and retention, leadership, financial literacy, and numerous other life skills. Students are recruited by their guidance counselor or other school faculty/administrators.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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KDMC Scholars Program

Thanks to generous donors, King’s Daughters Health Foundation recently awarded $20,250 in college scholarships to area students pursuing college degrees in 2023.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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KY HealthCorps

The Kentucky HealthCorps program provides funding and resources for high school students to work part-time in non-profit hospitals and long-term care facilities in a variety of roles, including as SRNAs. TPM®️ project managers are working to connect their interested and eligible hospitals to local high school healthcare pathways through this program, which is a partnership between AmeriCorps and Family Scholar House.
Website: www.kyhealthcorps.org
Program Manager Contact: Sara Tracy, stracy@kychamber.com

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Letters from home

Letters from Home
The Letters from Home initiative keeps pre-health profession students connected to the purchase region. The program fosters ongoing communication and support for medical students with representatives from regional hospitals and the Purchase AHEC team. The hope is to increase the potential of medical students returning home to practice medicine in the future.
Website: None
Program Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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Military Hiring Academy

The Military Hiring Academy aims to provide businesses with training and experiences to find, hire, and retain military talent (veterans, service members leaving the military, and military spouses). This initiative bridges the gap between businesses’ need for employees and those in the military community looking for meaningful civilian employment. The Academy will also help businesses discover and discern what support services are available and appropriate for their hiring and retention needs.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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MOON Program

Medical Observation Opportunity Network
The M.O.O.N Program exposes high school students to Physician and Advanced Practice Provider (APP) career options by observing various practitioners in the office setting, inpatient/outpatient areas, and operating room. Hands-on activities, panel discussions, and other great learning experiences accompany these observations!
Website: MOON Program
Project Manager Contact: Sara Tracy, stracy@kychamber.com

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My Healthcare Investigation Book

The My Healthcare Investigation Book includes two phases in preperation for the #PMCInspires Healthcare Project Fair, held at the PMC Workforce Innovation Center. To begin, regional fourth and fifth grade teachers are invited to a workshop to discuss the #PMCInspires Healthcare Project Fair. Teachers are provided with lessons aligned with Kentucky Core Content guidelines to instruct students on various healthcare careers. This will help guide them through the development of projects for the fair. Then students are invited to the #PMCInspires Healthcare Project Fair with professional judges and an awards ceremony for the winning students.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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Nusing Educator Institute

Conversations with hospitals have led us to understand that there is a lack of clinical/nursing program faculty/instructors across the state. We can work to increase the pipeline into programs. However, there aren’t enough instructors/faculty to teach them. In partnership with the HCCGL and CEOc, we are exploring the potential of a pilot training program for instructors/faculty in the Louisville area. This will focus both on current nurses who are eligible as well as bringing nurses such as retirees back to the workforce in these roles.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Sara Tracy, stracy@kychamber.com

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Pathway Pioneers

Pathway Pioneers
Through the partnership between Kentucky Chamber Foundation and Kentucky Hospital Association two Pathway Pioneer events were developed for spring 2024. These events highilght careers and employers to high school students statewide. One event highlighted career pathways in nursing and another highlighted careers pathways in allied health.
Website: https://www.kychamber.com/bus-business%C2%AE-pathway-pioneer-campaign
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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PMC Medical Academy

The PMC Medical Academy is a specialized program that allows eighth grade students and high school freshmen to apply for a spot to shadow different medical professionals on the Pikeville campus. The program recently kicked off with its first 25 students. The cohort visited the medical center on Wednesday for some hands-on healthcare experience.

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Poverty Simulation

Poverty Simulation
The Community Action Poverty Simulation breaks down stereotypes by allowing participants to step into the real life situations of others. This simulation allows individuals to walk a month in the shoes of someone facing poverty. Currently this program focuses only on nursing students at Murray State University to assist in conversations about patient experiences, history, and care.
Website: None
Program Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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Prematriculation and Preclinical Program

Prematriculation and Preclinical Program
The summer Prematriculation Program is designed to provide academic, clinical and community medicine exposure to students prior to the start of their first year of medical school at U of L over three weeks.
Website: none
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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Project Heart

The PMC Project HEART (Healthcare Employment Around Regional Training) initiative started four years ago as a means to combat Eastern Kentucky’s nursing staffing shortage. Project HEART bridges together many entities that have combined forces to make it easier than ever before for someone to train for a career in the healthcare industry. With millions in financial resources pledged by the dozens of Project HEART collaborators, hundreds of students have already been provided the opportunity to receive financially-assisted training and education for sustainable, quality careers – right here in Eastern Ky.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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Purchase AHEC college student support services

Purchase AHEC college support

The Purchase Area Health Education Center (AHEC) provides college students support services to better prepare for healthcare careers with job shadowing assistance, non-academic advising, personal statement reviews, interview preparation for medical school or graduate programs, and testing preparation (MCAT, GRE, etc.).
Website: None
Program Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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Purchase Area Collaborative

Purchase Area Collaborative
Employers in the Purchase area are exploring CNA upskilling of current employees serving in non-clinical roles as a form of retention.
Website: none
Program Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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Rural Admission Initiative

Rural Admission Initiative
Rural Admission Initiative is an effort to provide and facilitate medical school admission of students in the “rural non-PEPP” category.
Website: None
Program Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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Rural Health Nursing Fellowship

University of Pikeville and Pikeville Medical Center Rural Health Nursing Fellowship program is an educational opportunity offered by UPIKE’s Elliott School of Nursing and Pikeville Medical Center. Students eager to pursue a career in nursing can earn an associate degree in nursing from UPIKE and potentially graduate debt-free by making a commitment to work for PMC upon becoming a licensed RN.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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Rural Health Scholars

Rural Health Scholars is a 4-week program AHEC hosts each summer for undergraduate students in any of the pre-professional tracks (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.). RHS immerses pre-professional students (Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy, etc.) in rural Kentucky medicine by utilizing unique experiences to broaden their understanding of the limitations, advantages, and community resources available to educate, prevent and treat a rural patient population. There is a $950 stipend.
Website: https://www.wku.edu/scahec/rhs.php
Project Manager Contact: Jacob McAndrews, jmcandrews@kychamber.com

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Rural Scholars (going through a rebranding effort)

Rural Scholars (will be rebranded soon)
Rural Scholars is a four week summer program sponsored by Purchase AHEC to introduce rural students to the need for health and medical professionals. Scholars will be exposed to community health and population based health issues within rural communities. Priority is given to the counties in the Purchase region. Scholars are chosen based on interest in rural health care.
Website: none
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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SCK LAUNCH

SKC Launch is an annual opportunity for 8th graders in Warren and surrounding counties to learn about local career opportunities, including many in healthcare.
Website: https://scklaunch.com
Project Manager Contact: Jacob McAndrews, jmcandrews@kychamber.com

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South Central AHEC Clinical Rotation Assistance

South Central AHEC helps coordinate student clinical rotation by connecting them with quality preceptors and finding housing options for away rotations.
Website: https://www.wku.edu/scahec/studentclinicalrotations.php
Project Manager Contact: Jacob McAndrews, jmcandrews@kychamber.com

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South Central AHEC Continuing Education

The SC AHEC coordinates various opportunities for continuing education for health professionals. The schedule of events is available on their website.
Website: https://www.wku.edu/scahec/calendar/index.php
Project Manager Contact: Jacob McAndrews, jmcandrews@kychamber.com

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South Central TPM Hospital Collaborative

A TPM collaborative comprising of hospitals in the Barren River, Lake Cumberland, and Lincoln Trail Area Development Districts.
Website: N/A
Project Manager Contact: Jacob McAndrews, jmcandrews@kychamber.com

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St. Claire Academic-Practice Scholarship Program

The St. Claire Academic-Practice Scholarship Program aims to remove economic barriers to education, by providing students with access to scholarship dollars that will help close the gap between their cost of attendance and other forms of financial aid. Through partnership between St. Claire and MCTC, $150,000 in scholarships are available to students at MCTC.

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Trover Campus M-3 and M-4 years

Trover Campus M-3 and M-4
The Trover Campus M-3 and M-4 program provdies a small group of medical students the opportunity to complete their third and fourth years of medical school in Madisonville. The program meets or exceeds the quality of training provided on the main campus University of Louisville Campus.
Website: none
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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University of Kentucky College of Nursing & UK Healthcare Enterprise Student Nurse Academic Practicum (SNAP)

Students engage in a wage-earning clinical internship that provides the opportunity to be a member of the healthcare team while working under the supervision of a registered nurse preceptor. This credit-bearing nursing course offers an extended opportunity for students to apply what they have learned thus far in their nursing program. Students assume the responsibilities of a registered nurse under the guidance of nurse preceptors and faculty and complete 300 clinical hours during the program.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Sara Tracy, stracy@kychamber.com

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Warren County Career Shadowing

Small groups of students in high school will observe professionals on the job and experience “a day in the life” of a business environment to gain a deeper knowledge about existing careers, career pathways and the essential skills needed for success in the workplace. Shadowing will occur during the school day at a local business.
Website: https://scklaunch.com/career-shadowing/
Project Manager Contact: Jacob McAndrews, jmcandrews@kychamber.com

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West AHEC Continuing Education Program

West AHEC Continuing Education
The West AHEC team offers continuing education courses for practicing health professionals throughout the year. The staff ensures accreditation and necessary documentation is provided.
Website: None
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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West AHEC Health Careers Program

West AHEC Health Careers Program
Through the West AHEC Health Careers Program students are free ACT preperation and health career exploration. The staff with West AHEC lead students in virtual and hands-on activities to explore different healthcare disciplines and shadowing opportunities.
Website: none
Project Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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West AHEC Nursing Pipeline

West AHEC Nursing Pipeline
The West AHEC nursing pipeline program provides students in health career programs support services to persist and matriculate into the regional workforce. Support services include, tutoring and NCLEX preparation.
Website: none
Program Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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Western Kentucky Employer Collaborative

Western Kentucky Employer Collaborative
The Western Kentucky collaborative includes HR directors from across the region that come together to address workforce needs. The collaborative has explored K-12 outreach and upskilling opportunities. Further exploration continues to establish projects among all providers.
Website: none
Program Manager Contact: Katie Walker, kwalker@kychamber.com

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When I Grow Up

The Pikeville Medical Center Workforce Development team along with “Buddy Bear,” the lovable mascot of the Mettu Children’s Hospital at PMC, will visit local elementary schools with the goal of sparking an interest in healthcare careers at a young age through the program “When I Grow Up.” These visits will be the youngest students the PMC team will visit at the schools PMC collaborates with.
Website: N/A
Program Manager Contact: Ashley Hatfield, ahatfield@kychamber.com

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