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ACEC Travels to Montreal and Back

ACEC Travels to Montreal and Back

CMS1O_iU8AEob3d_ePresentations of Alachua County’s innovative partnerships, which support the transformation and advancement of our education system, have rippled into international waters.

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of Education and Talent Alignment Ian Fletcher presented information on the Alachua County Education Compact (ACEC) at this year’s Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) convention – during the “Education Outcomes: From Collaboration to Collective Impact” workshop.

The ACCE convention, where the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce was honored as a 2015 Chamber of the Year finalist, took place in Montreal, Canada Aug. 11 – 14.

On Thursday following the award ceremony, Fletcher shared ways he and community partners garnered support for the Compact, discussed obstacles he encountered from conceptualization to execution and prescribed proactive solutions one can implement in his/her respective community. Since Montreal, Fletcher, an ACCE Education Attainment fellow, has been invited to present to the ACCE second Education Attainment fellowship cohort this September.

Now adding Montreal to the list, information about the Alachua County Education Compact has been presented to communities and groups near and far – within the city of Gainesville, Pensacola, Orlando and San Francisco. Fletcher continues to drive ACEC progress by identifying and steering working groups responsible for developing the Compact’s strategies and metrics. Also, the Gainesville Chamber joined the Florida College Access Network, which recognizes Alachua County as a local college access network through the work of the Compact. Fletcher continues to meet with business leaders to garner support for the Compact and pair with like-minded organizations to strengthen its network of resources.

Click here to learn more about the Alachua County Education Compact. 

More about the ACCE Chamber of the Year Award: 

ACCE’s Chamber of the Year award is the nation’s only citation of overall excellence recognizing chambers of commerce for their roles in leading businesses and communities. This multi-stepped competition aims to bring recognition to organizations that enjoyed an exceptional year, or had a program or initiative that went above and beyond expectations. Applications are reviewed and scored by a committee of veteran chamber executives and former Chamber of the Year winners. One award is given in each category determined by several factors, including population, number of businesses, number of members, total revenue and restricted revenue. In addition to the Gainesville Chamber, peer organizations designated to category 3 include the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and award winner Billings Chamber of Commerce.

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