Rogers-Lowell Area News


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4/3/2019 Chamber News
Steve Cox, RLACC's SVP of Economic Development, Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced in late March that Steve Cox, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, was selected to participate in the second cohort of its premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to participate in this program,” said Cox. “This training will help the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce to be the best possible resource for our business community in Rogers and Lowell and help us address the changing needs of workforce development throughout the Northwest Arkansas region.”

“We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners,” said 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, Cox was selected along with 33 other state and local chamber executives to participate in the second class of this program. The three-month program, which concludes in July 2019, 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 a full list of participants in the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit  

About the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce
The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star accredited chamber serving over 2,000 member businesses across the region. The Chamber serves as the voice of business, promoting and initiating responsible economic growth, while addressing community challenges in the Rogers and Lowell area, and the Northwest Arkansas region. The Chamber offers a variety of programming designed to grow business and build community. For more information on the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, visit

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future. Our workforce development portfolio is transforming employer engagement in education partnerships, connecting workers with real pathways to the jobs that employers are trying to fill.