Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC President Joe Raso laid off four employees yesterday, said a Chamber insider who asked not to be identified.

Those laid off include Senior Vice President of Member Services Jenifer Furda, Communications and Marketing Director Polly Welden, Development and Member Fulfillment Coordinator Catherine Jekel and Finance Specialist Robert Lydzinski III.

Raso confirmed the layoffs, saying that he made the decision based on discussions with the business community and to create a more efficient organization.

“We’ve gone out and talked to several hundred business leaders,” he said. “And they are looking to us to pay attention to strategic initiatives helping existing industry. We want to align government affairs, workforce development and regional relationships with special events and programming.”

That means, he said, different programs and a different direction for the organization.