Vicki Bunch Promoted to Chief Workforce Development Officer
Vicki Bunch has been promoted to Chief Workforce Development Officer of the Greater Jackson Chamber. Bunch has recently served as vice president of talent development at the chamber.
As Chief Workforce Development Officer, Bunch will continue to work closely with Team Madison County, the organization’s economic development team, to market Jackson’s workforce region to industrial prospects. In addition, local businesses rely on her expertise regarding their individual workforce growth, reskilling and continuous improvement needs. In an ever-changing market, her knowledge of workforce development grants and initiatives aligns her as a strategic partner for recruiting talent for their teams. She will additionally assume responsibilities to include executive committee and board meeting functions and take a more active role in the chamber’s leadership programs.
“Vicki Bunch is one of the most experienced and respected workforce development professionals in the State of Tennessee,” says Greater Jackson Chamber President and CEO Kyle Spurgeon. “I look forward to Vicki taking an even larger role in the leadership of the Greater Jackson Chamber team.”
Bunch began her tenure with the chamber in 2016 and developed and implemented the chamber’s workforce development strategy. She has spent her entire career in economic and workforce development. Before joining the Greater Jackson Chamber, she was Executive Director of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and has also served as Executive Director of the Southwest TN Local Workforce Development Board. In this role, she created re-entry opportunities for justice-involved individuals using Rural Initiative Grant funds, as well as Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) grants to train dislocated and incumbent workers.
Other grant-funded initiatives Bunch managed include the TVA Workforce Invest Grant, Southwest TN Reconnect Grant, and Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) Grant. These grants funded education and training opportunities to better prepare individuals for employment and create a talent pipeline for employers. She also serves on the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executive Board and the West Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executive Board.
Bunch has completed Leadership Jackson (2021), TVA Valley Workforce Institute (2019), CompleteTN Leadership Institute (2019), UT CIS Workforce Development Courses (2018) and WestStar Leadership (2010).
Bunch holds a B.A. in Public Relations/Marketing from Union University. She lives in Jackson with her husband, Jason. They have two children, Will (24) and Ella (20), and an abundant supply of well-loved pets.
About the Greater Jackson Chamber:
The Greater Jackson Chamber was founded in 1905 – seven years prior to the United States Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber consists of a diverse and talented staff, an executive committee, dedicated volunteers, and more than 1,000 business members – all committed to growing the economy and quality of life for everyone in Madison County and the region.