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WKU, Franklin-Simpson chamber celebrate long-standing partnership

WKU and the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce celebrated their long-standing partnership at the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce Eye Opener on Aug. 17. The event, co-sponsored by the WKU Center for Training and Development and WKU Continuing Education, was held at the Gallery on the Square in Franklin.

Chamber Executive Director Steve Thurmond said the partnership between WKU and the Franklin-Simpson community has been around for more than 100 years. “Western Kentucky University is a great resource for our area,” Thurmond said, “and our collaborations make a positive impact on the entire community. WKU not only educates the students of Franklin-Simpson, but it also improves the quality of life for our entire community.”

WKU Center for Training & Development Director Manon Pardue agreed that it’s a partnership that works, and they are planning for the future. “Franklin is such a great community, and I have so much respect for their outstanding leadership,” she said. “We look forward to expanding our partnership to serve the Franklin-Simpson business community with even more opportunities.”

One new program scheduled to begin this fall was promoted at the Chamber event on Tuesday. “Customer Service the Franklin, Kentucky Way” is a free training provided through a partnership between the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce and the WKU Center for Training & Development. The program will teach employees the importance of providing outstanding customer service in a competitive world and the important role they play in the success of their organization. The training will take place Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Boys and Girls Club in Franklin. Employees may choose from two session times to fit their schedule: noon-1:30 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

All Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to participate. Details will be available through the Chamber newsletter or by calling (270) 586-7609. Registration is going on now through Sept. 21. Space is limited.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922.

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