WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting earlier this month, awarded accreditation to 5 chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.
“Across this great country, chambers of commerce are working hard to create and expand business opportunities in their communities.” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “Chambers who earn the Accreditation designation are leading these efforts through their commitment to continuous organizational and programmatic excellence, and a track record of achieving measurable results for their members.”
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 operation and program standards in the areas of governance, program development, government affairs, and technology.
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 4 Stars
Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce (Decatur, IL)
Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center (Taylor, TX)
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce (Kennewick, WA)
Accredited with 5 Stars
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce (Anchorage, AK)
Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce (Sugar Land, TX)