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Finalists named for Regional Innovation Award

Award recognizes health-focused initiatives

Published Thursday, July 21, 2016 8:00 am

Four finalists for the 2016 Regional Innovation Award have been named by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Finalists for the award are:

  • Thrive 2055, submitted by Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
    Thrive 2055 launched as a strategic visioning initiative to engage the people of the Chattanooga region in creating an action plan to make the most of their economic opportunities while preserving what they love about their home communities. After an intensive public engagement process, four regional priorities were defined: economic development, education, transportation, and the protection of the region's natural treasures. Thrive 2055 determined that by keeping these priorities in balance the people of the region would always live healthy, fulfilled lives with access to the wealth of natural and cultural resources.
  • Certified Blue Zones Project Community, submitted by Mason City Chamber of Commerce
    Mason City was named a certified Blue Zone Community (geographically defined area where people live measurably longer) following a rigorous certification process involving North Iowa area employers, schools, and citizens. The project, which takes an environmental approach to improve total wellbeing, focuses on optimizing settings where community members spend the most time to encourage healthy behavior. One such focus on worksites led to a 15 percent improvement in worker well-being as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (WBI).
  • The Chamber Health Competitiveness Initiative, submitted by Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
    The Nashville Chamber spearheaded a partnership to commission a study to assess healthcare cost, quality, and access in the Nashville region. The initiative is the first of its kind and draws together insurers, providers and nonprofits to focus on the comparative health status of the region. The study created a groundbreaking opportunity to understand the economic costs of health to the region and businesses, and has led to pilot strategies to engage employers in health assessments with a specific focus on worker productivity gains.
  • Health Care Initiative & Blood Pressure Collaborative, submitted by Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
    Greater Rochester Chamber launched its Healthcare Initiative in 2006, and it has grown into a regional collaboration between employers, health systems, and insurers promoting worksite wellness, a regional health information exchange, and implementation of Lean Six Sigma practices in area hospitals. The chamber is also a partner in the regional blood pressure collaborative, which created the nation's first community high blood pressure registry, and has kept the county BP control rate at 40 percent better than the national average.

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

“Finalists for the Regional Innovation Award exemplify the highest levels of civic entrepreneurship and regional stewardship,” said ACCE President Mick Fleming. He says, “To help their communities address challenges and seize opportunities, chambers of commerce must convene diverse stakeholders and develop new strategies across jurisdictions.”

Led by ACCE’s Education Attainment Division in 2016, the award program targeted initiatives that boost economic competitiveness by investing in health and wellness. Finalists are organizations that are building sustainable efforts that support the health of children, the health of the workplace, and the health of the broader community.

A panel of judges comprised of past award recipients and volunteers evaluated entries and selected this year’s finalists. The 2016 Regional Innovation Award winner will be named at ACCE’s Annual Convention on Wednesday, August 10 in Savannah, Ga.

Learn more about the Regional Innovation Award and see a list of past winners here.

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