The French American Chamber of Commerce Northern Ohio Chapter is one of the 19 Chapters of the French American Chamber of Commerce (headquarted in New York) founded in 1992.
The FACC network was created in 1896, making it the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the USA. The FACC label is granted by the UCCIFE in Paris, France (UCCIFE : Union des Chambres de Commerce et d'Industrie Françaises à l'Etranger).
The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization whose mission is to encourage the trade of goods and services, promote investment, provide information for business expansion, coordinate the efforts of international agencies, and foster global understanding between France and the Northeast Ohio area.
This year, the FACC Northern Ohio Chapter it's more than 200 members and a team who are pleased to answer to your question.
Valarie McCall is one of the most dedicated member in the partnership we have with the city of Rouen in Normandy, France. Through the formal sister city relationship with Cleveland that she helped building as Chief of Government Affairs for the City of Cleveland, the exchange of students and businesses between our two countries, Valarie brings her energy and personality and goes above and beyond the official statements. Thanks to Valarie, officials from Rouen became not only partners but also friends, a difference that will become even more valuable in such long term partnership. Valarie is also a long time friend of the FACC and a highly appreciated member.
Valarie's dedication was rewarded on April 21st 2016 at the University of Rouen where she received a Doctor Honoris Causa to recognize her work, making our partnership one of the strongest on the map.