From its hub in the nation’s capital, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently accredited 16 chambers of commerce nationwide for their strength of policy and procedure, recognizing benefits afforded to their respective communities.
U.S. Chamber accreditation is a one-of-a-kind initiative, acknowledging excellence at the regional and local levels in a multi-tiered “star” system ranging from three to five stars in addition to basic accredited status; and conferring validation at the state level with one of two levels: accreditation, and accreditation with distinction.
The organizations were honored at a recent U.S. Chamber board meeting as follows:
Four chambers recommended for four-star accreditation included Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce, Allen, Texas; Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Cookeville, Tennessee; Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Leesburg, Virginia; and Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Eleven chambers were recommended for five-star Accreditation: Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Bonita Springs, Florida; Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Dalton, Georgia; Greater Omaha Chamber, Omaha, Nebraska; Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester, New York; Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa, Florida; McKinney Chamber of Commerce, McKinney, Texas; McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Bloomington, Illinois; North Country Chamber of Commerce, Plattsburgh, New York; The Chamber - Grand Forks / East Grand Forks, Grand Forks, North Dakota; and Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce was recommended for State Chamber with Distinction Accreditation.