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Chamber manager accepted to national fellowship

03/10/2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Liz Kerns, manager of the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce, has been selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for its leadership program.

Kerns, who joined the Greater Kokomo Chamber as manager last year, has been named to the Business Leads Fellowship Program’s fourth cohort. The program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

“As we consider the future of Howard County, we understand the critical need for a healthy workforce,” Kerns said.

The fellowship is especially important to the Greater Kokomo Chamber at a time when it begins working more closely with regional partners to focus on workforce development, Kerns added.

“Through the opportunity to participate in this national program, I look forward to identifying forward-thinking and collaborative efforts that we can pursue with our regional partners to positively impact north central Indiana,” Kerns said. 

Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce, said the program was created to respond to the needs of state and local chambers.

“They, better than anyone, see the critical link between education and economic development, and we are glad to be able to support them as they take on this critical leadership role in their community.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, Kerns was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives and association leaders to participate in the fourth class of this program. The four-month program, which concludes in July 2020, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.

Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.

For a full list of participants in the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the U.S. Chamber Foundation website.

Contact Information

Chamber of Commerce Downtown Association
765-457-5301
700 E. Firmin Street, Suite 200
Economic Development Inventrek Technology Park
765-457-2000
700 E. Firmin Street, Suite 200
Visitors Bureau
1-800-837-0971
765-457-6802
700 E. Firmin Street, Suite 200

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