U.S. Chamber Awards 30 Local Chambers with Accreditation

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 1:15pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—At its November board meeting, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today awarded 30 local chambers of commerce with accreditation for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.

“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefits its local economy and positively influences its community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, executive director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”

The only program of its kind in the country, U.S. Chamber accreditation recognizes excellence in chamber planning and performance.  To achieve accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communications by meeting minimum standards in its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology.

Local and regional chambers are rated “Accredited” or “Accredited with 3, 4, or 5 Stars.” 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 today:

Accredited with 5 Stars:

  • Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, Battle Creek, MI
  • Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Bowling Green, KY
  • Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Evans, GA
  • Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Sugar Land, TX
  • Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, Irving, TX
  • Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, Greenville, NC
  • The Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City - Jonesborough - Washington County, Johnson City, TN
  • Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, Lakeland, FL
  • Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln, NE
  • Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, Lufkin, TX
  • Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, Holland, MI
  • Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitors and Convention Bureau, North Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, Orlando, FL
  • Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Oshkosh, WI
  • Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, Overland Park, KS
  • Roseville Chamber of Commerce, Roseville, CA

Accredited with 4 Stars:

  • Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage, AK
  • Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Anderson, SC
  • Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce, Benton Harbor, MI
  • Denton Chamber of Commerce, Denton, TX
  • Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Frisco, TX
  • Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce, Sumter, SC
  • Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, Winter Haven, FL
  • Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, Lawton, OK
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Gulfport, MS
  • San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, San Angelo, TX
  • White County Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland, GA

Accredited with 3 Stars:

  •  Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Olean, NY

Accredited:

  • Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce, Searcy, AR

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.