WASHINGTON, D.C. —The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting last week, awarded the Accreditation designation to seven chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.
“This is an acknowledgement of their truly excellent work,” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber Vice President, Federation Relations and IOM. “These Accredited chambers are recognized for their ability to serve as a resource to their region’s businesses while maintaining transparent governance practices, sound financial controls, safe work environments, effective communications, and value in programming. They are commended for their continued advocacy of free enterprise and leadership in their comminutes. It is a tremendous accomplishment.”
The U.S. Chamber's Accreditation Program facilitates continuing excellence in the chamber industry and fosters a pro-business environment across America. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.
Local and regional chambers are rated “Accredited,” “Accredited with 3 Stars,” “Accredited with 4 Stars,” or “Accredited with 5 Stars.” State chambers are rated “Accredited State Chamber,” or “Accredited State Chamber with Distinction.” The final determination is made by the accrediting board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members, and chamber CEOs from across the country.
The following chambers of commerce received accreditation:
Accredited with 3 Stars
Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce (Fairhope, AL)
Accredited with 5 Stars
Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce (Mason City, IA)
Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (Naperville, IL)
Overland Park Chamber of Commerce (Overland Park, KS)
Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism (Owatonna, MN)
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce (Palatka, FL)
SWLA Chamber-Economic Alliance (Lake Charles, LA)