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Vice President of Diversity Affairs: Nick Harvey Jr., Lenoir County Public Schools
Staff: Laura Lee Sylvester, President
The Diversity Affairs Committee is an extension of the Chamber of Commerce that works to identify and pursue projects that will result in developing and expanding the economic prosperity of diverse businesses within Kinston and Lenoir County.
In 2013, the Chamber’s Lenoir 2020 Committee identified the need for a community lead Human Relations Committee. In 2014, the Chamber, with the help of City and County government, formed the Human Relations Council which acts independently of the Chamber. The appointed group will be responsible for promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment among our residents. As we move forward, the VP of Diversity Affairs with be the liaison between the Council and the Chamber reporting council activities to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Chamber Board may also make suggestions or inquires to the Council through the VP of Diversity Affairs.
Important links: Office of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Institute of Minority Economic Development Resources/Networking Links North Carolina Department of Administration Latin Business Association U.S. Small Business Administration
Walking the floors of Walmart one night – just three weeks ago – in Raleigh, Archie Harrison Sr. had a vision. He did not foresee himself stocking shelves or standing at a register for the rest of his life as a Walmart employee. He wanted to make a difference in the world – and in Kinston. “We can make a bigger difference down here,” Harrison said. The owner of BGNTV and KNTV Networks packed up his belongings to open up a new BGNTV Network on Queen Street. “I like it down here,” he said. He and Angela Coward plan to open a media school for mid-elementary students in Kinston as well. Pictured from left: Angela Coward and Archie Harrison Sr.
Welcome Joy Shortell to Kinston! She and her husband Will Hitchcock moved here from Wilmington after living there for 14 years. She enjoys the beach, downtown Kinston and her new neighborhood. “My neighborhood is charming and delightful,” she said. Pictured is Chamber President Laura Lee Sylvester, left, and Joy.
The Lenoir County Tourism Development Authority (Visit Kinston) is working to create a brand identity and marketing strategy to promote Kinston as a place to live, visit, and do business. Please click the link below to complete a short survey and provide your thoughts on the community and how it can be promoted.
The Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce has been serving Kinston and Lenoir County since 1911. The Chamber acts as a voice and advocate for the community regarding economic, community and government issues and represents Kinston and Lenoir County as a great place to live, work and play.