Three chamber execs receive fellowships

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The American Chamber of Commerce Executives has chosen three area chamber of commerce executives as fellows in its Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development Fellowship program.

Drew Moretz, vice president of government affairs for the Greater Raleigh Chamber, Jodi Ann LaFreniere, executive director of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, and Aaron Nelson, president and chief executive of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, will learn through the program the key concepts, policies and practices that support regional approaches to creating long-term, competitive economies.

The 12-month program, which provides hands-on training, peer knowledge exchange and research, also covers a wide range of growth and sustainability issues, including infrastructure, immigration, land use, housing, education, environment and social inclusion.

Moretz, LaFreniere and Nelson will develop a “regional action plan” to tackle a specific regional challenge – to be completed within two years of the program’s conclusion.

ACCE selected 50 business-civic leaders through a national competitive process to participate in the fellowship program.