ACCE's Education Attainment Division e-newsletter: News, professional development, and information for the chamber communications professional.
September 2014

In this Issue

About the Division

Share your work!

Working with businesses to increase student achievement and outcomes? Partnering with school districts and higher education institutions? We'd like to hear from chambers, from small market/rural to metro, to learn how you're creating a local impact.

Learn more information about the Education Attainment Division!

If you have a resource or case study to share or would like a speaker recommendation for a meeting or event, please email Jessie Azrilian or Alysia Bell.

If you have expertise in education or workforce development or would like to connect to a chamber peer who does, the Chamber Mentor Program allows you to find or become a mentor!

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New Health & Wellness Communications

ACCE's Education Attainment Division has created a series of briefs for chamber professionals to disseminate to their members and broader community to explain how businesses can support healthy communities and healthy economies. The briefs can be found here or click the links below to download the PDFs.

Additional resources can be found on the new Workforce Wellness page: learn how chambers of commerce are creating healthier communities through initiatives to support childhood obesity prevention, corporate wellness, and access to healthcare.

Congratulations to Regional Innovation Award Winners

Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce - Economic and Business Development Initiatives Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce - Education and Workforce Development Initiatives

The Regional Innovation Award program recognizes organizations committed to building strong and vibrant communities through groundbreaking collaboration and program development. The winning chambers were announced during the Awards Gala at ACCE's Annual Convention in Cincinnati on August 13. For more information about the winners and awards click HERE.

Convention De-brief

A warm thank-you to the city of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber for hosting ACCE's Centennial Convention celebration.

Handouts and presentation from all workshops and think tanks are available HERE.

An overview of EAD programming during this year's convention can be found HERE.

Thank you to all of the wonderful presenters, volunteers and attendees. We'll see you next year in Montreal!

EAD Resource Spotlight

During ACCE's annual convention, ACCE unveiled its new name and logo: The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. To keep up with ACCE's new look, the EAD has updated a few communications pieces.

  • Visit the Deeper Learning webpage to view/download 10 case studies highlighting how chambers are creating "deeper learning" opportunities to prepare students for college and career. From classroom projects to job shadowing, chambers are providing students with access to education, training and work-based learning opportunities that prepare them for high-skill, high-wage employment in fulfilling careers.
  • Download the new EAD one-page overview which outlines the EAD mission and principals from cradle-to-career.

EAD Blog

Obesity is a Business Issue
Health and Wellness initiatives are gaining popularity, and chambers are increasingly embracing their role as an intermediary between business, community health, early prevention and health policy. Chamber case studies and ACCE's Quickpoll results (June 2014) help showcase where chambers stand with Obesity Prevention/Corporate Wellness Initiatives.

Upcoming EAD Community Call

From WIOA to WIBs: What the New Legislation Means for Your Local Workforce
Wednesday, Sept. 24
1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST 2 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST

This summer, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which takes effect July 1, 2015. Chambers of commerce play a key role as they elevate the business community's voice regarding the law's implementation. Join the EAD Council Call as Laurie Moran, president of the Danville Pittsylvania (Va.) Chamber and immediate past chair of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), facilitates a discussion between senior staff from the House Education and Workforce Committee and Senate Budget Office about what the new legislation means for your local business community. Click Here to Register.

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