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Dr. Judith S. Prince Successfully Completes Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

09- 28- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) is pleased to announce that Dr. Judith S. Prince, Vice Chancellor for the University of South Carolina Upstate Greenville Campus, has successfully completed the Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development (RSD), funded by the Ford Foundation.

“Spurring sustainable development is one of the major issues facing business-led civic organizations, as they seek to broaden economic opportunity for the people in their regions,” says Mick Fleming, president of ACCE. “The Fellowship allowed regional leaders like Dr. Prince to deepen their understanding of the policies and practices that foster inclusive long-term growth and enhanced quality of life.

PrinceJudithPrince was one of 54 Fellows, representing diverse communities and personal backgrounds from across the United States, who participated in the program.  There are now more than 90graduates of the Fellowship program.

The Fellowship is a unique 12-month program for leaders working with regions. It 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.

Regions that are innovative, grow fast, and benefit people across income and race do so because of a high level of trust among leaders and citizens. Dr. Prince interviewed leaders in successful regions throughout the country to identify how trust contributes to sustainable regional development. Factors that contribute to developing trust were identified, such as inclusiveness, transparency, and clear and frequent communication.

About the Ford Foundation
The 2008-2009 program represents the second 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.