Tony Davis, co-founder and first Executive Director of the Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc. (NCA), will be leaving the post as of Feb. 7 to assume the position of Senior Director, Workforce Initiatives for the Manufacturing Institute (MI). The Manufacturing Institute, the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), drives programs and research to promote modern manufacturing and jump-start new approaches to growing manufacturing talent.
The NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States; the powerful voice and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. Davis’ work at MI will focus on support and national expansion of the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing (FAME) Career Pathway, which includes the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. GeauxFAME is currently the only Louisiana affiliate and consists of six central Louisiana employers partnering with Central Louisiana Technical and Community College and Northwestern State University to produce AMT’s.
“I have proudly worked to increase the impact of this program since helping to bring GeauxFAME together several years ago; during this time, I have also watched this program expand across more and more states. My work over the past several years with Chambers, economic development groups, workforce programs, and state-level policy has prepared me well for this new challenge,” said Tony Davis, “I look forward to helping FAME expand across the entire country.”
The NCA Board will discuss next steps and update stakeholders and the community. “Tony has been a great resource to the NCA and our community; he has helped lay the foundation from which we can now build. We are grateful to him for his work over the years and wish him well in this new role,” said NCA Chair Ryan Todtenbier.
The mission of the NCA is to provide leadership and support for economic development and workforce solutions in and around Natchitoches Parish. Learn more at NCA-La.com.