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Chamber Leaders Selected for ACCE Economic Recovery Fellowship

Amy Shields on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 2:00:00 pm 

ACCE is pleased to announce that 42 chamber of commerce professionals, representing urban and rural communities from 24 states, have been selected by ACCE to participate in its Fellowship for Economic Recovery.

Throughout this year-long, immersive executive development program, fellows will address different aspects of economic recovery— from education and talent to economic development and entrepreneurship. The curriculum will focus on strategies for building more equitable economic outcomes and creating economies that work for everyone. 

“We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to this executive leadership training initiative and the high caliber of applicants,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Ann Kelly. “The Fellowship is the latest step in our strategy to engage business leaders and advocates in shaping recovery efforts, building resilient local economies and creating opportunities for everyone in the community to thrive.”

ACCE’s Fellowship for Economic Recovery is designed to help chambers refine their economic recovery goals and ultimately help the business associations nationwide build replicable programs and processes. The program will begin with its first virtual session in September.

 

2020 Education and Talent Development Fellows

Lucia Cape
Senior Vice President, Economic Development
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber (Ala.)

Kim Casko 
President & CEO
Iowa City Area Business Partnership (Iowa)

Tori Colarusso
Director of Communications and Leadership Development
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (Vt.)

Krystal Crockett
President/CEO
Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce (Okla.)

Regina Duncan
President
Nassau County (Florida) Chamber of Commerce (Fla.)

Tiffany Esposito, CCE 
President & CEO
Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (Fla.)

Julie Forsythe
Senior Vice President, Business & Economic Growth
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (Iowa)

Michael Gallops
President/CEO
Rowlett Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Cheryl Garrison
Director of Talent and Workforce Development
Greenville Chamber (S.C.)

Claire Greenwood
Vice President and Executive Director, CEO Council for Growth
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (Pa.)

Michael Haley
Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development; Senior Vice President, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (N.C.)

Kaylie Hogan-Schnittker
Director of Talent Strategy
Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (Neb.)

Miles Huff
Senior Director of Talent Initiatives
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce (Tenn.)

Jeffrey Hunt, CCE
President & CEO
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (N.Y.)

Ann Hutchison
Executive Vice President
Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce (Colo.)

Katerina Klawes
Program Manager
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Wis.)

Clint Knight
Director of Workforce Development
Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development (Ohio)

Jessica Linder Gallo
President/CEO
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce (Ill.)

Kelle Marsalis, CCE, IOM
President & CEO
Plano Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Freddy Mawyin
Senior Economic Advisor
Topeka Chamber - Greater Topeka Partnership (Kan.)

Debbi Moore
President/CEO
Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce (N.M.)

Glenn Morris
President & CEO
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce (Calif.)

Saul Newton
Executive Director
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce (Wis.)

Gabriela Ortigoni
President & CEO
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (Fla.)

Jim Page
President & CEO
Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Scott Pedowitz
Government Affairs Manager
Arlington Chamber of Commerce (Va.)

Tanya Perea Doose
CEO & Director
Western Garfield County Chamber of Commerce | aka | Rifle Area Chamber (Colo.)

Douglas Peters
President & CEO
Abilene Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Theresa Pinto
Executive Director
Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (Fla.)

Gary Plummer
President & CEO
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce (Kan.)

Breann Preston
Director of Market Intelligence
Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC (Colo.)

Caitlin Pusateri
Vice President, Leadership Development
Rockford Chamber of Commerce (Ill.)

Rue Ramsey
Vice President Workforce & Talent Strategies, Economic Development
Tulsa Regional Chamber (Okla.)

James Reddish
Executive Vice President
Little Rock Regional Chamber (Ark.)

Laura Stewart
Vice President of Community Engagement
Forsyth County Chamber (Ga.)

Sara Swisher
Vice President of Talent & Workforce
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce (Ohio)

Christi Taylor
Director, Programs and Employer Partnerships
Detroit Regional Chamber (Mich.)

Patty VanderWal
President
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce (Ala.)

Corine Waldau
Economic Development Director
Boulder Chamber (Colo.)

Cindy Williams
CEO
Cartersville-Bartow Chamber (Ga.)

Erik Williams
Director of Community Development
Vail Valley Partnership (Colo.)

Rebecca Wood
Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Investor Development
Greater Louisville Inc. (Ky.)

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ACCE Partners with National Skills Coalition

Tania Kohut on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 4:00:00 pm 

ACCE’s new strategic partnership with the National Skills Coalition and its Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) program pairs BLU’s business-driven skills policy expertise with ACCE’s robust member network to elevate the voice of employers in workforce policy discussions.

With the support of the Ballmer Group and J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, ACCE and BLU will develop a network of seven state-based BLU affiliates in 2019, to be joined by a second cohort in 2020. These BLU affiliates, led by representatives of the chamber community in each state, will be charged with organizing a diverse coalition of businesses and business associations from across each state in order to develop a shared skills policy agenda on behalf of the state’s business community.

BLU will provide infrastructure support and policy guidance to each state affiliate, and ACCE will assist the lead organizations with targeted coalition building and network growth.

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Hitting the road with the AWB

Ben Goldstein on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:15:00 pm 

The Association of Washington Business is going on tour. Assembled into two decked-out buses, the AWB team is crisscrossing Washington state visiting local manufacturers to celebrate  National Manufacturing Day. The six-day, 70-plus-stop tour has brought the group to a 154-year-old textile manufacturer, a four-year-old brewery and a maker of first responder vehicles, as part of an effort to promote locally-made goods and public policies that support makers.

“This is our inaugural statewide bus tour celebrating and highlighting the importance of manufacturing to the economy and the state of Washington,” said Kris Johnson, president and CEO at AWB. “We recognize that a vast majority of manufacturers are either privately-held or family-owned, so it’s not just about building strong companies, it’s about building strong communities and families as well.”

The crew is travelling in two buses, outfitted out with colorful logos and eye-catching designs. At every stop along the tour, workers are invited to autograph the bus and pose for a group photo with the signed bus in the background.

“How often has it been legal for you to write on a vehicle?” mused Johnson. “There must be 3400 signatures on it with the different logos. It’s really cool to see the all the personalization on this bus.”

Among the tour’s stops was Lampson International LLC, a family-owned maker of heavy lift cranes that employees 450 people in the Tri Cities area of southeastern Washington. They also stopped off at John I. Haas Inc., the leading provider of hops throughout North America.

“Every single manufacturer we’ve visited is so appreciative that we’re doing this,” said Johnson. “We are seeing a mixture of the types of products we all use in our everyday lives, but sometimes forget they are made right here in our local communities.”

Aside from meeting with manufacturers, the tour also includes an educational component. At Delta High School, a STEM school in Pasco, Washington, Johnson spoke to students about available science and technology opportunities in the local economy.

“At Delta, they’re preparing students for the types of STEM-related careers you can get when you’re done with high school,” said Johnson. “We know that 70 percent of all job openings by 2020 will require some type of STEM or post-K-12 experience, so these programs are really essential for developing talent locally.

Johnson says he hopes the tour will spread awareness about the important role that manufacturers play locally, as well as the policies they need to thrive. He says that issues related to regional competitiveness, like lowering tax rates on manufacturers, will be key to increasing prosperity in the state.

“The folks we’re meeting with clearly understand how important competitiveness relief is, especially when they’re competing against companies all across the globe,” said Johnson, adding that, “these companies could really use some predictability, reliability and common sense relief from a competitiveness standpoint.”

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