Cornerstone Alliance One of Six Selected in the U.S. and Canada for Inaugural Fellowship Program

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., (June 6, 2022) – Cornerstone Alliance was selected to be part of the inaugural Equity in Economic Development Fellowship Program, organized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Six outstanding young people will serve as Fellows at economic development organizations across the country and Canada for a 10-week time span this summer.
Josiah King, who attends Howard University as a sophomore, recently joined Cornerstone Alliance. He will gain important hands-on experience while advancing substantive and impactful projects during his time in Southwest Michigan.
"This program serves a vital purpose in educating a younger generation about the positive impact and opportunities of economic development in every community. The next generation of leaders has new ideas about what they want to have in a community," said John Janick, Cornerstone Alliance Chairperson. "We are honored to host Josiah as our Fellow this summer at Cornerstone Alliance, and are grateful that the International Economic Development Council chose us to be part of the inaugural program."
The summer 2022 class of the IEDC Equity in Economic Development Program Fellows include:
  • Cornerstone Alliance - Josiah King, Howard University, class of 2025
  • Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO - Alvin Gusman, Texas A&M University, College Station, class of 2024
  • Invest Atlanta - Patrick Dixon, Morehouse College, class of 2022
  • Tulsa Authority for Economic Development - Jerome Miller, Georgia State University, class of 2021
  • Decide DeKalb Development Authority - Gifty Antwi, Georgia State University, class of 2024
  • City of Brampton - Anesu Nambware, Algoma University, class of 2024
"I am extremely excited about the launch of the inaugural IEDC Equity in Economic Development Fellowship Program. Programs like this drive equity and close disparities within the profession of economic development, which will continue to be an area of focus for the IEDC," said Nathan Ohle, President & CEO of IEDC. "Congratulations to the first class of economic development organizations and fellows!"
"I am so grateful to IEDC for helping me to bring my vision of this program to life. I envisioned a program that would make an equitable impact within the field of economic development while positively influencing the lives of young people. I know that IEDC's Equity in Economic Development Fellowship Program will do just that," added Julie Curtin, President of Economic Development Practice at DCI.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,800 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC's members engage in the full range of economic development practices. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various settings, including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at
Cornerstone Alliance is a non-profit, investor-governed economic development organization. Our focus is to increase employment opportunities, private sector capital investments and the local tax base in Michigan's Great Southwest. We offer specialized business services particularly in economically distressed areas.
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