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GCP president elected chairman of international chamber group

Montreal -- Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP President and CEO Joe Roman has been elected chairman of the international Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The group serves 7,000 leaders from 1,300 chambers of commerce.

Roman - who will continue to lead the GCP – said he is honored to serve as ACCE chairman.

He said the new position will allow him to learn about municipal issues from other chamber executives and will also give him a substantial platform from which to share the story of Cleveland’s multi-billion dollar revitalization.

“Chambers of commerce are just like businesses or any other organization in the sense that they must evolve to maximize their effectiveness,” Roman said. “I’m going to learn a lot from my chamber colleagues at ACCE and I look forward to the opportunity to share what we have done to help move Cleveland forward.

Thomas Baldrige, who served as ACCE chairman prior to Roman’s election, said his successor will bring a good perspective to the national organization.

“Cleveland is becoming an American success story for its turnaround, and part of that is the result of the public-private partnership there that Joe Roman has helped to forge,” Baldrige said. “Working with government is a vital component for chambers, and Joe’s expertise in that area alone is of high value.”

Roman said the ACCE’s recently published Horizon Initiative: Chambers 2025 – which outlines a series of issues facing chambers of commerce in the near future – mirrors many of the areas that the Greater Cleveland Partnership focuses upon.

Some of those issues include:
  • Inclusion – Chambers must reach out to women, minorities and millennials if they are going to maximize their community impact.
  • Accentuating Abundance – A community should figure out how to maximize the economic potential of its most ample attributes.
  • Global Impacts – In this global economy, chambers must constantly look at challenges, issues and the future with an international perspective.
Established in 1914, Virginia-based ACCE serves professionals who manage chambers of commerce. ACCE’s mission is to support and develop these chamber leaders to advance the interests of their communities and businesses.

ACCE represents 7,000 leaders from 1,300 chambers of commerce, including 93 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas. The combined memberships of these chambers exceeds 1.2 million businesses. Members look to ACCE for best practices, networks and new ideas. ACCE recommends successful programs and strategies and identifies trends, partners and business models that show promise. For more information, go to

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