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Chamber of Commerce Foundation leader to depart

Lance Pressl, president of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation and known for his work supporting innovation and regional cooperation, is resigning as of Tuesday to pursue his life-long dream of being an entrepreneur, a chamber spokeswoman said late Friday.

Pressl had served in the position since December 2004. He had most recently spearheaded a partnership with the prestigious Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to figure out ways to jumpstart economic growth in the Tri-State Region of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The initiative calls for determining how to reduce a jobs skills “mismatch” that leaves the region short of workers with the skills most in demand, as well as improving the area’s transportation infrastructure, green energy innovation and long-term economic growth.

He also led the chamber’s introduction of an “Innovation Index” to measure entrepreneurial activity and intellectual property developments in Illinois.

Before joining the Chamber of Commerce, Pressl had served as senior associate for government and public policy at the American Council on Education and in state government budget analysis, public relations and as vice president of a venture-capital firm.

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