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For Release — August 7, 2017

Business Council’s Mooney named ACCE fellow
One of 21 nationwide selected to participate

ALBANY, N.Y.—Amber Mooney, manager of government affairs for The Business Council of New York State, Inc., has been selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to study education attainment and workforce development along with 20 other chamber of commerce professionals from communities throughout the United States.

The Fellowship for Education Attainment is an immersive executive development program that provides chamber of commerce professionals with education and tools to improve the cradle-to-career education pipeline in the communities they serve.

“Workforce development, and the struggles our members have in finding well-educated, properly-trained employees, is one of the biggest issues impacting our members,” said Heather C. Briccetti Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “Amber’s selection is not only a tremendous accomplishment, for which we offer our sincere congratulations, but it will also help advance the interests of our members. We thank the ACCE for recognizing Amber’s talent and we look forward to our members benefiting from this invaluable experience.”

Throughout the year-long Fellowship for Education Attainment, participants are required to develop a regional action plan that focuses on addressing specific education attainment or workforce development issues in their communities.

“We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to this executive leadership training initiative and the high caliber of applicants,” said ACCE President Mick Fleming. Speaking on the need for businesses to be more engaged in talent development discussions and outcomes, Fleming says his organization assists its members through various learning opportunities and best practice sharing. “This latest step in our strategy to engage business leaders and advocates in education attainment maximizes the linkage between qualified talent and economic development goals.”

ACCE’s Fellowship for Education Attainment is designed to advance a chamber of commerce’s already-defined education attainment goals and ultimately help the business associations nationwide build replicable programs and processes.

Leaders selected to participate in the 2017 Fellowship represent communities including New York State; Atlanta, Georgia; Augusta, Georgia; Vail, Colorado; Brockton, Massachusetts; Brooklyn, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Corpus Christi, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Evansville, Indiana; Frankfort, Kentucky; Fullerton, California; Greenwood, South Carolina; Helena, Montana; Irving, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Mason, Ohio; Raleigh, North Carolina; Salina, Kansas; Topeka, Kansas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves more than 7,500 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce or similar organizations, around the world. ACCE’s members come from nearly each of the largest 100 metropolitan regions in the United States. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the mission of ACCE is to support chamber professionals so they can lead their communities. Learn more about us by visiting www.ACCE.org.

For more information about ACCE’s Education Attainment Division, visit www.ACCE.org/EAD.