Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce became one of six Chambers awarded one-time $40,000 monetary stimulus awards from the Alexandria, Virginia-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to cultivate regional talent in the Palmetto State.
Selected from among 27 prospective recipients, Charleston’s Chamber merited the prize by setting high standards for education, including post-secondary strategies. The awards have been distributed annually since 2014.
"Talent development is a top priority for our Chamber members and a key part of our organization's strategic plan," Bryan Derreberry, Charleston Metro Chamber president and CEO, said. "This funding will allow us to build upon the work we are doing to increase the educational attainment rate in our community to fill the skills gaps both now and in the future."
The Chamber works with public schools and the business community to ensure diverse and plentiful career opportunities for all generations.
"Winners of our Education Attainment Award have identified innovative solutions for the toughest education and workforce development challenges," ACCE president Mick Fleming said. "We are proud to support their work and share their successes to enable communities across North America to adopt proven practices."
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), founded in 1914, serves approximately 7,000 members nationwide. ACCE’s Education Attainment Division (EAD) enables chamber professionals to network and share resources for career education improvement.