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2015 Regional Innovation Award Winner: The Great Start Collaborative of Traverse Bay

Published Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) is pleased to announce the 2015 Regional Innovation Award Winner:

The Great Start Collaborative of Traverse Bay (GSC), submitted by then Venture North/ Traverse City Area (MI) Chamber Foundation

The Regional Innovation Award program recognizes organizations committed to building strong and vibrant communities through groundbreaking collaboration and program development. The program celebrates organizations that are regional pioneers, focusing their efforts on the four principles of regional stewardship: an innovative economy, livable communities, social inclusion, and a collaborative style of governance. 

The Great Start Collaborative of Traverse Bay (GSC) is jointly sponsored by the Traverse City Area Chamber Foundation/Venture North and the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. This partnership was the first of its kind in Michigan and is unique in its focus on early childhood as a driver of regional economic development. GSC convenes leaders in all community sectors, along with parents and caregivers, to promote collaboration in local early childhood systems that support family health, childcare expansion, and early literacy projects.

The awards were presented during ACCE’s convention in Montréal August 11-14. A panel of judges comprised of previous award winners and ACCE board members selected four finalists of exemplary regional programs.

The Regional Innovation Award is an annual national competition originally established by ACCE’s Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS). This year, the awards program was administered by ACCE’s Education Attainment Division, and encouraged applicants to highlight initiatives that promote an innovative economy by building a better equipped workforce.

"To help their communities address challenges and seize opportunities, chambers of commerce must convene diverse stakeholders, develop new strategies and work across boundaries," said Mick Fleming, ACCE president. "The winners of the 2015 Regional Innovation Award exemplify the kind of civic entrepreneurship and stewardship all regions need to thrive."

For more information about ACCE’s Education Attainment Division, visit www.acce.org/divisions/education-attainment-division/

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