Special to the Journal
Albany, GA — The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Chamber senior staffer Deborah Bowie has been accepted into the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program on Innovations in Governance, Oct. 21-Oct. 26 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This intensive executive education and professional development program is designed for government officials, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the private and not-forprofit
sectors who are committed to building new service delivery models in leadership and regional collaboration.
Bowie will join an elite few selected nationwide for the program.
Among other subjects, Bowie will study strategy, partnership and political innovation in a course titled, “Creating Collaborative Solutions.”
“The staff at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is a talented and hard working group of professionals. The acceptance of Deborah into the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program only goes to demonstrate
the caliber of employee that makes our Chamber a 5-Star entity,” said 2012 Chairman of the Board Miles Espy.
“Deborah has been with the chamber for almost a year now and has brought an abundance of knowledge and skills to the table. We believe the program at Harvard will only strengthen our ability to make Albany and the Southwest
Georgia business community more competitive and viable.”
According to Harvard’s Mark H. Moore, author of Creating Public Value: Strategic Management in Government and co-chair of the program, those selected for the prestigious program are chosen by their record of entrepreneurial activity and professional accomplishments in creating public value, and demonstrated the ability to become future leaders.
Bowie, a Chamber executive since 2004, said the opportunity was a rare chance to learn from other leaders and apply their knowledge and experience to her role as the Albany Chamber’s registered lobbyist and senior staffer. A graduate in 2008 of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Sustainable Development fellowship, Bowie said her acceptance into the program shows a greater appreciation for challenging quality of life issues facing the Deep South that have been overlooked by traditional institutions.
“I hope my addition to the class can help to shape the discussion on important policy when it comes to equity, corporate investment and fairness in legislation on issues facing southern communities,” Bowie said. “Like Alabama,
Georgia has significant obstacles in areas of education, social equity, job growth, transportation and sustainability. As much I expect to learn from others, I hope my involvement will help others think more progressively about the South.”