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Chico Chamber CEO to Chair National Task Force

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Katie Simmons, President & CEO

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March 15, 2018   CHICO, CA   Chico Chamber President & CEO, Katie Simmons, has been named Chair of the Urgent Response Task Force by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, an industry association headquartered in Alexandria, VA, serving executives in the US and Canada.

The Urgent Response Task Force was created by the ACCE in 2017 to support chamber executives grappling with serious community crises such as floods, fires, mass shootings, and other natural and man-made disasters. Simmons, who joined the Task Force after becoming an ACCE board member last year, was involved in responding to communities like Galveston, TX; Santa Rosa and Sonoma, CA; and other communities impacted by a series of events in mid-to-late 2017. She follows Adam Legge, former President & CEO of the Calgary Chamber in Alberta, Canada, as Chair.

Of the Chair role, Simmons says, “It’s an incredible honor and challenge to work with fellow executives in moments of crisis. The Task Force is often in touch as events, such as mass shootings, are occurring. We help with disaster preparedness all the way through recovery. Some communities have to rebuild nearly from scratch, and there are best practices and key relationships necessary to success in these areas. It’s heartbreaking to watch our nation struggle on so many levels, but to be placed in a very proactive, outreach role with my peers helps me feel connected and supportive. I’m looking forward to learning more about the ins and outs of other communities, serving them at their worst and at their best, and to bringing those lessons back to Chico.”

ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly says, “As the industry association serving chambers of commerce, we know executives need our support when things are going well and when crises occur. This important Task Force connects people in times of extreme distress, to provide leadership, experience, resources, and information. We’re excited for Chair Simmons’ leadership role as we know troubled times aren’t going away. We want to be on the forefront with critical support for our peers, and more importantly, their communities.”

The Task Force communicates regularly and will convene in person in New Orleans next month.


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