Columbia, SC - Benedict College proudly announced today that Leandra Hayes-Burgess, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, has been selected to be part of the Delegation from the United States to attend the Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) hosted by the United States in Seattle in May 2023. ACE is the premier economic development, innovation, and entrepreneurial network of the Americas and is one of the leading high–level events of the Organization of American States that is coordinated with the Government of the United States via the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“I congratulate Vice President Burgess on being selected as one of the top 50 senior-level leaders in America to participate in an extraordinary opportunity with other world leaders, said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College. “She is the perfect person to represent the College at a program that explores innovation hubs, public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurship ecosystems.”
The ACE program brings together up to 50 senior-level government, business, policy, and economic decision-makers from across the Americas and beyond to experience a diverse range of projects first-hand. The week-long program features a tour of innovation hubs, advanced technology centers, leading firms, and educational and research institutions. They will also explore local, regional, urban, and rural economic development models and share their experiences. The purpose is to build networks among the local and visiting stakeholders to enhance innovation and competitiveness in the Americas.
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