Education & Workforce Development

Chamber Foundation

Advancing the free enterprise system through education and by promoting citizenship and leadership.

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, founded in 1990, was organized as a 501(c)(3) corporation exclusively for charitable, educational and cultural purposes. The Foundation provides a mechanism to establish, administer and finance programs to meet the community’s crucial and changing needs in line with the goals of the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, view the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation brochure.

Join us for our Annual Award Luncheon on Thursday September 28, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Orchards Restaurant in Chambersburg.  Program updates will be presented along with the recipients of this year's Innovative Technology Grants.  Registration is available online and the cost is $20 per person. 

If you have any questions about the Foundation or would like to discuss ways in which you can become involved in its work, please call 717-264-7101 or email


Foundation Programs

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Leadership Franklin County

Leadership Franklin County (LFC) is comprised of three programs:

LFC Community is the flagship leadership Program founded in 1985.  The mission of LFC Community is to develop a continuum of civic leaders who are engaged in the advancement of the community’s quality and growth. Participants are taken through a nine month course where they learn about leadership and their community. For more information, view the program brochure or flyer.

Applications for the class of 2019 are now available and are due June 30, 2018. The application is available online here and the employer survey is available online here.

Leadership Franklin County Community is sponsored by salzmann2 (2)

Do you need a volunteer group to help advanced  a program, project, or organization?  Leadership Franklin County Community might be a good resource for you!  Participants in the LFC Community program are required to complete a community service project as part of their experience.  Requests for Projects forms for the class of 2019-2020 will become available in June of 2019. For more information call 717-264-7101.

LFC Youth
began in 2009 with the mission to create a community of young people who are actively engaged in responsible, ethical and effective leadership.  The program is open to sophomore high school students in any of the Franklin County school districts.  Recruiting occurs during January and February of the students's freshman year. For more information, view the program brochure. 

Applications for the class of 2019 are now closed. Applications for the class of 2019-2020 will be available by January 1, 2019 for high school students who are in 9th grade at that time.

Student produced videos about LFC Youth are available here.  

    Leadership Franklin County Youth is sponsored by  wilsonnobackground

LFC Advanced
offers half or full day session several times a year on higher leadership. Past speakers include Lance Secretan, Horacio Sanchez, Scott Eblin, Steve Arneson and local leadership experts Pat Matthews, Dr. Robert Whitmore, Dr. Stephen Holoviak and Juanita Comp.

September 25, 2018 - LFC Advanced and Dale Carnegie Training Present:

Creating Engaging Workplace Cultures

What makes a strong culture?

Corporate culture just may be the most important item on your agenda, but it's not likely to be a line item on your budget. It is frequently addressed in meetings, but seldom actioned upon in any significant way. Culture is the thing that you do when you have the time or a little extra budget.

However, we all know that the right corporate culture provides the foundation for sustainable growth and profit. Driving a culture that engages employees is a critical element for success and our fundamental responsibility as leaders.

Join us for an opportunity to learn, reflect and identify ways to enhance your own corporate culture.

Led by John Rodgers of JR Rodgers & Associates

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Location: Penn State Extension - Ag Heritage Building Rooms 7 & 8
181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg
Tuesday September 25, 2018
8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Program

LFC Alumni
In addition to the three programs, LFC alumni stay active and involved in the community. A list of LFC alumni is available here. To stay up-to-date on LFC happenings, sign-up for the LFC e-newsletter or view the e-news archive. To join the LFC Alumni Committee contact committee chair Michele Ford at 

Looking for a non-profit board or committee position in Franklin County where you can make a difference?  In 2017 a LFC Community project team created a resource titled Leadership Franklin County Service Opportunities for Leadership Graduates and it is available here.

LFC Alumni partners with Relay for Life of Chambersburg to run 2 events at IceFest each year - the Polar Plunge Dunk Tank and the Run Your Ice Off 5k. Funds raised from these events each year support the LFC Alumni scholarship, Relay for Life, Downtown Chambersburg, Inc,. the Downtown Business Council and the Chambersburg Council for the Arts. For more information on sponsoring, volunteering or participating in these events contact committee chair Michele Ford to volunteer at

Each year Leadership Franklin County acknowledges the accomplishments of an alumni with the LFC Alumni of the Year award. Nomination forms are available by January 1 of year year on this site. A list of the Alumni of the Year winners is available here.

Franklin County Works

The Foundation's Job Board offers listings for positions in Franklin County.  Features and pricing information is available here or contact or 717-264-7101.

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Educator in the Workplace

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation is excited to partner with Chambersburg Area School District for the 2018-2019 school year to bring back educator in the workplace. Through this program CASD teachers will be partnered with area businesses for an internship/job shadow experience.

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Innovative Technology Grants for Educators

Grants to teachers in Franklin County public schools are awarded annually to encourage the innovative use of technology in grades K-12. The Foundation offers the Innovative Technology Challenge Grants to educators in all six school districts thanks to contributions from area businesses, including M&T Bank and Orrstown Bank. Contributing businesses are eligible for Educational Improvement Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Innovative Technology Challenge Grant applications for the 2018 cycle are now closed. Applications for the 2019 cycle will be available in early 2019.

Applicants will be evaluated based on three key criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics.

Thank you to our 2018 Contributors


Community Education Coalition

The Community Education Coalition (CEC) was created in 2015 as a workforce development initiative for Franklin County.  The coalition defined a vision "To develop a strong community where all individuals have the opportunity to grow and prosper.  Three priority areas were identified as a means to achieve this vision:  Early Childhood Education, Employability, and Well-Being. 

Early Childhood Education
Led by the United Way of Franklin County, the Early Childhood Group has a vision of every child on Franklin County having access to quality early childhood education.  The United Way organizes free training events for early childhood providers.

Led by Angela Austin of Summit Health and Dr. Michael Doncheski of Penn State Mont Alto, the employability group addresses workforce development concerns from grade 3 through retirement.  The group has partnered with the Franklin County Career and Technology Center to hold a career exploration expo prior to the middle school open house at the school each April.

The Franklin County High School Business Challenge was created in 2017 to encourage students to create their own fictional, yet profitable and sustainable business plans. The Challenge is open to teams of 3-5 students from any Franklin County, PA high school. Scholarship dollars will be awarded to the winning team(s). Information on the 2019 contest will be available in early 2019.

Winners to date are:

2018: Greencastle-Antrim High School: AssemBuild - Collin Griffin, Matthew Lynerd, Clare Hudak

2017: Greencastle-Antrim High School: Grean Bag - Collin Griffin, Matthew Lynerd, Nick Starkey, Austin Straley, Dylan Starkey

The 2018 Franklin County High School Business Challenge is Sponsored by:

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Healthy Franklin County is a community coalition addressing well-being concerns affecting our community.  Go to for more information.

Other Community Coalitions
There are several other community coalitions in Franklin County doing great work that affects workforce development.  They include:
Chambersburg Cares: Promotes healthy youth behaviors and reduce risk factors with a vision to have all youth grow into healthy, productive adults.  
Franklin Together: Mission:  To develop strong collaborative community and professional partnerships that will empower and support formerly incarcerated individuals and their families to reduce recidivism and encourage them to become contributing members of the community.

Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. Michael Doncheski, President - Penn State Mont Alto
Michelle Paulnock, Immediate Past President
- ACNB Bank
Colby Fry, Vice-President - CVR Uniforms
Laureen Lutz, Secretary - 1st Ed Credit Union
Angela Quigley, Treasurer
- Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC
Kim Crider, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Chairperson - Take Shape for Life - Kim Crider
Angela Austin - Summit Health
Rebecca Holder, Orrstown Bank
Karen Johnston, Healthy Communities Partnership
Crystal Lautenslager - Chambersburg Area School District
Greg Meyers - Superior Floorcoverings & Kitchens, LLC
Rochelle Plummer - 180 Me, LLC
Robin Russell - Manpower
Shane Shatzley - JLG Industries

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Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A  |  Chambersburg, PA 17201 
(717) 264-7101  |  Fax: (717) 267-0399