The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced that John Newstreet, President/CEO of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce was selected to participate in the fifth cohort of its premiere business leadership program.
The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.
John Newstreet expressed his enthusiasm with the opportunity. “The Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce has many great partners doing amazing work on education and workforce issues. This program will better equip me to advance all of our efforts in ensuring Osceola County leads a prosperous regional economy.”
“We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners,” says Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the Center for Education and Workforce. “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, Mr. Newstreet was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives and association leaders to participate in the fifth class of this program. The yearlong virtual program, which concludes with an in-person meeting in June 2022, 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 more information on the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the program’s website.
Serving Osceola County since the early 20th Century, the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce is an association of business people whose priority is to be “champions for business and community.”