Vail Valley Partnership president selected for national education program |

Vail Valley Partnership president selected for national education program

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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer has been selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives 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.

“Our local community is fortunate to have numerous partners focused on workforce development programming, including YouthPower 365, Eagle County Schools, Colorado Mountain College and many others. Ensuring a cradle-to-career workforce pipeline is of the utmost importance to our community and our businesses, and we are thrilled to have Vail Valley Partnership as a collaborative partner in addressing our workforce needs,” said Kathy Regjo, Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley vice president.

Throughout the year-long program, 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 Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives President Mick Fleming. “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.”

The 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.

Besides the Vail Valley, leaders selected to participate in the 2017 Fellowship represent communities including Albany, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Augusta, Georgia; 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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