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ACCE Convention - Back from Raleigh

ACCE Webmaster on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 7:22:23 pm

After several days of exchanging ideas, celebrating personal milestones and organizational achievements, reconnecting with friends and, yes, some partying, the 2009 ACCE Convention is over.  The Greater Raleigh Chamber was a fantastic host and by all accounts it was a great convention.

While I'm still recovering from the marathon days and short nights, I've come back inspired and full of ideas.  Here are a few observations I brought back from Raleigh.  Call me if you'd like to talk about this year or already have ideas for Milwaukee in 2010.

  1. Interest in public policy and economic development programming is growing.  Never before have the rooms for our GR/Policy and ED tracks been so full.  The first workshops in both tracks - Social Media for Advocacy featuring Sarah Hubbard and Creating Prosperity in Challenging Times featuring ACCE's newest life member Mac Holladay - were literally spilling out into the hallway.  Even on Saturday morning the Chamber Evolution workshop, featuring Mike Metzler and Tara Barney, was full.

  2. Its the economy, but its also education.  There are plenty of pressing national issues to occupy our thoughts and discussions - health care, energy, financial regulations - but education unexpectedly came to the forefront this year.  The opening keynote session featuring Steven Covey and the students and faculty from AB Combs Elementary set the tone and presentations like the one on High School Inc by Mike Metzler from the Greater Santa Ana Business Alliance (a 2009 ARS Award Finalist) stirred discussion.  Its great that even in these challenging times business leaders are still focused on cultivating a competitive workforce through quality education.

  3. Optimism is growing.  People are feeling better about the economy and our prospects for future growth.  Initial economic indicators that were released last week helped to underscore that optimism.

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