At its board meeting, Thursday, November 5, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Accreditation to seventeen chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.
There are 31 accredited chambers of commerce in the State of Texas, and the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce is now one of only 12 in the state to be awarded 5-Star Accreditation.
“A special thanks for this award goes to Cory Halliburton, who chaired our ‘Lone Star Project,’ with the goal of taking the Grapevine Chamber from 4-Star to 5-Star Accreditation,” says RaDonna Hessel, CEO of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce.
“This accreditation took a great deal of work throughout the last three years to implement changes within the nine areas of focus, meet the requirements and complete the accreditation process. The Grapevine Chamber, representing this area’s business community, is now in the top 1% of chambers of commerce in the United States.”
There are approximately 7,000 chambers in the United States but only 102 are 5-Star Accredited.
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.
In Texas, the following chambers of commerce received Accreditation:
- Accredited with 3 Stars: Mount Pleasant/Titus County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Council
- Accredited with 4 Stars: Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce
- Accredited with 5 Stars: Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit its local economy and positively influence its community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
Local and regional chambers are rated with either: “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.