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.

If you have any questions about the Foundation or would like to discuss ways in which you can become involved in its work, contact Robin Harmon, executive director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or

Foundation Programs

Leadership Franklin County

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

LFC Community is the original 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 2017-2018 are now available and will be accepted through June 30, 2017.  Click here for the application.  We also ask each applicant's employer complete a short survey located here to share their expectations with us.

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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 for the class of 2017-2018 are now available here and due July 21, 2017.  Contact Robin Harmon or 717-264-7101 x205 with any questions.

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 2018 are now closed.  Applications for the class of 2019 will be available on this site by January 1, 2018.
Student produced videos about LFC Youth are available here.  Contact Robin Harmon, Executive Director at or 717-264-7101 x205 for more information.

    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.

On May 5, 2017 Leadership Franklin County Advanced will be hosting Leadercast 2017: Powered by Purpose. This events features speakers such as Daniel Pink, Behavior Science Expert; Molly Fletcher, Former sports agent and much much more!  For more information or to register click here.  

As a Leadercast host site, LFC Advanced is excited to offer continuing Leadership training with Leadercast Now!  With a gold subscription you can receive again access to a constantly growing video library featuring Leaders Worth Following, discussion topics including:  Organizational Culture, Dealing with Difficult People, Decision Making, Team Building and more.  Use the videos and the activity tracker to build your leadership skills individually or within your organization to start meaningful discussions.  Click here to subscribe or for more information.

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 Michele Ford at

Leadership Franklin County Alumni are seeking nominations for the 2016 LFC Alumni of the Year.  Nominees should be a LFC Alumni who has distinguished themselves in their profession and/or voluntary careers and who has shown continuing service, interest, and support in the growth of Franklin County.  The nomination for is available here.  A list of LFC Alumni is available here.  Nominations are due February 28, 2017.

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.

Franklin County Works

The Foundation's Job Board offers listings for positions in Franklin County.  Features and pricing information is available here or contact Robin Harmon at or 717-264-7101 ext. 205.

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, Orrstown Bank and Waste Management. 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 2017 cycle are now open.  Please note a new schedule for 2017!  To better accommodate processing requirements at the state level, the grant applications will be due March 31, 2017  Applications and details are available in PDF or Word format.

Applicants will be evaluated based on three key criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics. Grants totaling at least $9,500 are available.

Thank you to our 2017 Contributors

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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 and the group is planning an early childhood expo for April 22, 2017.

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 group is also holding the Franklin County High School Business Challenge new for the 2016-2017 academic year.
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
Crystal Lautenslager - Chambersburg Area School District
Leslie Baker - JLG Industries
Angela Austin - Summit Health
Ashley Barkdoll - Manitowoc Cranes
Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency
Georgina Cranston, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce
Derrick Donnell, PA CareerLink Franklin County
Rebecca Holder, Orrstown Bank
Karen Johnston, Healthy Communities Partnership

Upcoming Events

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