A Note from Anne Cappel on EACC TransitionAugust 15, 2016
Last week, we announced a big change at the EACC Cincinnati. Since then, I have received many, many emails and phone calls, and I wanted to tell you how touched I am by the outpouring of support and appreciation for the fantastic 9 years I have been privileged to serve as the Executive Director of the EACC.
My history with the organization goes further back to the year 2000 as a founding Board Member of the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC), and later as Board President, leading the transition in 2007 to become the very first European American Chamber of Commerce (EACC) in the United States. Over the years, I have truly enjoyed collaborating with our members and partners in developing a powerful and respected organization that is stimulating business relations and economic development between Greater Cincinnati and Europe.
Since its early beginning as the FACC, and later the EACC, our organization has been an active promoter of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region in Europe; successfully raising the region's visibility and building powerful networks in Europe to help us attract companies and support our regional communities in their European retention and expansion projects. During this time, I have developed a passion for European business attraction and growth, and moving forward, I wish to grow professionally in the specialty of economic development.
After many discussions with the EACC Board, reflecting on my desire to be devoted full-time to international business attraction, and measuring the impact of my departure on the future of the EACC's economic development initiative, I have been asked, and accepted, a temporary assignment to explore the feasibility of the EACC leading a more robust economic development platform and to develop a business plan for a potential new EACC economic development entity. The outcome of this study will determine the EACC's future initiatives, as well my role, if any, with the organization.
As announced, I am no longer EACC Executive Director at this time - the EACC Board is leading the search for the next Executive Director. For the time being, I am Managing Director Economic Development.
Our organization has been known to embrace change with courage, vision, and collaboration, and last week's EACC Board Meeting demonstrated the board members' passion and commitment to this endeavor.
Now is not the time to say goodbye. Much work is underway in this exploration. We will keep you informed!