March 18, 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting last week, awarded the Accreditation designation to 11 chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.

“Now more than ever, chambers of commerce have stepped up to serve as a resource to the business community and advocates of free enterprise” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “Through the pandemic these chambers continue to lead while maintaining transparent governance practices, sound financial controls, safe work environments, value in programming and effective communications. They are commended for their sound policies and practices, and for this great accomplishment.”

To achieve accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational policies, and effective procedures by meeting set standards in the areas of governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, technology, communications, and facilities.

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

  • Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Mansfield, TX

Accredited with 4 Stars

  • Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, Georgetown, TX

Accredited with 5 Stars

  • Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Maryville, TN
  • Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia, MO
  • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Dayton, OH
  • Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Fort Collins, CO
  • Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, Grapevine, TX
  • Greater Burlington Partnership, Burlington, IA
  • Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, Hanover, PA
  • Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, Houma, LA

Accredited State Chamber with Distinction

  • Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg, PA