ACCE launches Healthy Communities program
Ten chambers were selected to participate in a new ACCE professional development program designed to help chambers of commerce lead effective and innovative community health initiatives and demonstrate the leadership roles chambers in smaller communities can play to strengthen quality of life and support equitable prosperity.
This year-long program will take participants through a design thinking lab to help develop and implement a plan to tackle a community health challenge. Each chamber has teamed with a community partner to participate alongside them throughout the program.
Participating chamber professionals include:
- Jennifer Reiser, Chief Operating Officer, Billings Chamber
- Vicki Clark, President, Cape May Chamber
- MelissaWorthington, Vice President of Chamber Membership and Strategic Advancement, Envision Greater Fond du Lac
- Pat Patrick, President/CEO, Lodi District Chamber
- Kelly Hall, President, Longview Chamber
- Robert Goltz, President/CEO, Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Bob DuBois, CEO, Noblesville Chamber
- Barbara Ann Heegan, President/CEO, Otsego County Chamber
- Chris Clark, President/CEO, Queen Creek Chamber
- Ananda Sweet, Workforce Development Manager, Santa Rosa Metro Chamber
Visit ACCE.org/healthycommunities to learn more about chambers of commerce that are championing health and wellness issues in their communities. Email Emily Counts, community advancement coordinator at ACCE, for additional ways to connect on this topic.
Chamber leaders named to ACCE Talent Fellowship
Leaders from 20 chambers of commerce, representing communities throughout the United States, have been selected to participate in ACCE’s Fellowship for Education and Talent Development. This is the fifth cohort of Fellows to participate in this program.
The Fellowship is an immersive professional development program that provides chamber of commerce professionals with education, peer connections and tools to improve the education and workforce development outcomes in the communities they serve.
Throughout the year-long experience, participants develop regional action plans to address a specific education attainment or workforce development issues in their communities.
Congratulations to this year’s Fellows!
Talent & Education Director
Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce
Binghamton, New York
Vice President of Economic Development
Salina Area Chamber of Commerce
Senior Vice President of Talent Development, Attraction & Retention
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Fort Worth, Texas
Director, Education & Workforce
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Vice President of Talent & Workforce Development
Charlotte, North Carolina
President & CEO
North Orange County Chamber
Vice President of Regional Economic Growth
Greater Louisville Inc.
Director of Public Policy & Economic Development
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Director Education & Workforce/Spokane STEM
Greater Spokane Incorporated
Senior Director of Talent
Greater Omaha Chamber
Manager, Policy Initiatives
Director of Education Policy
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO
Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Vice President, Talent & Economic Inclusion
Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Kwee Lan Teo
Vice President of Talent & Workforce
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Director of Talent Development
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Director of Talent & Workforce Solutions
Greenville, South Carolina
Arvada Chamber of Commerce
Associate Vice President of Talent Pipeline Strategies
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
North Charleston, South Carolina
Learn more about the Fellowship here. ACCE will begin accepting applications for the next Fellowship cohort in May 2019.