Chamber Connects with Peer Communities at ACCE Convention
Chamber President & CEO Elizabeth Cromwell attended the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) annual meeting in July to learn about emerging trends and best practices in the chamber industry and to network with peer communities.
Among the most valuable presentations she attended were:
This presentation discussed chamber efforts to create self-insured multiple employer plans, partnerships with faith-based medical cost-sharing programs and regulatory and legal requirements in an ever-changing health insurance market. One of the presenters was Eddie McBride, CEO of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. Cromwell was able to introduce herself and thank him for the gift of steaks as a result of the NCAA final championship chamber bet!
The Charleston (SC) Metro Chamber of Commerce explained how they use missional investment by the business community (in addition to member dues) to support workforce development, transportation infrastructure and attainable housing.
This presentation described how chambers can bring businesses and k-12 education systems to the same table for shared goals and workforce outcomes.
This session evaluated the effectiveness of entrepreneurial ecosystems, driven in large part by the Boulder (CO) Chamber and the Boulder Economic Council.
Cromwell also attended the University Communities Council meeting, which is an idea-sharing forum for Chamber CEO's in communities where economic development is heavily driven by major universities.
Charlottesville has not participated in this national forum in the recent past, and many chambers nationwide were eager to discuss our community and seek opportunities for collaboration.