In November, the Kentucky Chamber became one of five state chambers to be accredited, and one of four to be accredited with distinction, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S. Chamber accreditation is judged on the following areas: governance, finance, human resources, governmental affairs, program development, technology, communications, facilities and benchmarking.
Overall, there are 7,000 chambers of commerce in the United States, and only 205 are accredited by the U.S. Chamber. According to the U.S. Chamber, the chambers that are accredited are considered the top 3 percent of all chambers in the United States.
“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.”
The other state chambers with accreditation are the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.