Chosen from a national pool of candidates, Christine Ross, President & CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has been selected by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to participate in its Regional Sustainable Development (RSD) Fellowship, funded by the Ford Foundation.
Beginning this month, thirty-two Fellows will embark on a 12-month program that will deepen their understanding of the policies and practices that lead to long-term economic and community growth. Each Fellow will work on a regional action project that will address an opportunity for or barrier to creating sustainable, inclusive prosperity for their region.
“I am honored to have been chosen for the Fellowship and look forward to enhancing the community and the region with the knowledge gained during the program,” stated Christine Ross, President & CEO of the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce. “I believe that regional sustainable economic and environmental practices are the cornerstone to effective community development.”
The Fellowship is for regional leaders who build communities and economies. ACCE has retained Michael Langley of the Langley Group and FutureWorks, a research consulting firm, as partners in this initiative, along with the assistance of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship and The Citistates Group.
The Fellowship provides hands-on training, peer knowledge exchange, research, and examination of working models covering a wide range of growth and sustainability issues, including: infrastructure, immigration, land use, housing, education, environment, and social inclusion. During the course of the Fellowship, each participant crafts a “regional action project,” to ameliorate a specific regional challenge using the tools, policies and practices learned during the Fellowship.
About the Ford Foundation
The 2009-2010 program represents the third year that the Ford Foundation, headquartered in New York, has funded the Fellowship. Over the Foundation’s 70-year history, over $15 billion in funding distributed world-wide has supported programs related to asset building and community development; peace and social justice; and knowledge, creativity and freedom.
About the American Chamber of Commerce of Commerce Executives
Established in 1914, ACCE is the only national association uniquely serving the professional development needs of individuals managing chambers of commerce throughout the United States and Canada. Representing more than 6,000 professionals, ACCE enhances the knowledge, leadership skills, and management effectiveness of chamber executives and their staffs through education, trend analysis, benchmarking, and best practices. ACCE promotes the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity within the chamber profession.