Last month ACCE members racked up air miles and built international connections.
On March 6-12, the Dubai Chambergenerously hosted an ACCE Metro Cities Council delegation of 45 people from 22 states and one Canadian province. This group, headed by ACCE Chair Dave Adkisson (president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce) and ACCE Metro Cities Council Chair Roy Williams (president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce), visited many parts of the Emirate state. Highlights included a visit to world's tallest building (the Burj Khalifa), the Palm Jumeirah luxury off shore development, and the world's largest man-made seaport. They had a visit at with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at his palace.
Sandra McDonough, President & CEO of the Portland (OR) Business Alliance, compiled her notes and observations from the trip on a dedicated blog. Click to visit The Alliance in Dubai blog.
Dubai wasn't the only international destination for ACCE in March. From March 12-20 Citslinc Internationalsponsored 70 ACCE members on a trip to China, the third such trip in the past 18 months. Among the delegates on the China trip were 25 graduates of the ACCE-Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship. In addition to seeing the sites, the Ford Fellows group heard from speakers on China's rural development, legal climate, urban planning, and human resources. They also had an executive briefing in the AmCham Shanghaioffices, toured a manufacturing plant in Shanghai, and visited Zhejiang University (one of China's top 3 schools) in Hangzhou.
Todd Shimkus from the Adirondack (NY) Regional Chamber of Commerce took copious notes on the trip and chronicled his experience in a blog for the local newspaper. Check out Thinking Global, Todd's blog for the Glens Falls Post Star.