Williams Tapped to Lead Chamber's Workforce Initiative

Release date: 12/1/2008

Delories Williams has been named Director of Workforce Development for the Memphis Regional Chamber, according to Dexter Muller, Senior Vice President of Community Development.

Reporting directly to Muller, Williams will be charged with developing and executing workforce development strategies through partnerships with local employers, educational institutions and training providers. Williams will serve as the direct link to the Workforce Investment Network/Boards in the region, as well as educational institutions.

“Workforce Development is a critical link in our economic development strategy and we are fortunate to have a seasoned economic development professional in Delories Williams to lead this effort for the Chamber,” said Muller. “With her experience in the community, Delories can hit the ground running to advance our workforce development initiative.”

In joining the Chamber team, Williams will be closing the chapter on a twenty-nine year career with Memphis Light, Gas and Water where for the past ten years; she has served as an economic development representative. During her tenure at MLGW, Williams co-developed the Existing Business Partnership Program with the Memphis Regional Chamber. The program has brought Williams national and international acclaim and recurring recognition with numerous awards including the President’s Award of Excellence from Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI).   In 2004, Williams again partnered with the Chamber and served as the Existing Business Partnership Team Manager. Under her leadership, the Existing Business Team grew to represent 26 regional economic development agencies and, as of the time of this release, has visited with over 400 companies in 2008. Prior to joining MLGW, Williams worked for the City of Memphis.

“Passion and purpose have afforded me with an opportunity to excel in the field of Economic Development and now I hope to bring that same dedication to Workforce Development,” said Williams. “My goal is to partner with stakeholders by adding value through sustainable relationships that will enhance the local workforce.”

The Memphis Regional Chamber is the lead economic development agency for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.

In 2007, the Memphis Regional Chamber was named one of the Top 20 Economic Development Agencies in the Country by Site Selection Magazine.