Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has earned 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Rochester’s Chamber is one of 205 chambers nationwide to carry the accreditation and one of 112 with the 5-Star Accreditation.
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond Towle, vice president, Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management, a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for the effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs and technology.
The review can take six to nine months to complete.
“I could not be more thrilled that Rochester Chamber received the highest level of accreditation that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers. I’m especially pleased that we accomplished this achievement on our first time ever applying for accreditation,” said Bob Duffy, Rochester Chamber president and CEO. “The accreditation process is similar to an audit of an entire organization and we passed with flying colors.”
The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation, representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
“The 5-Star designation reinforces the strength of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce from its 130 year history to its talented staff and board of directors of today,” Duffy said.
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