The Chamber gets 5-star accreditation

The Chamber gets 5-star accreditation Click to Enlarge

The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded The Chamber of Commerce of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber Executive Director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their 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. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.

“Over the past 5 years, the staff, board, and volunteers of The Chamber spent countless hours completing the Accreditation process and making the improvements necessary to our organization to achieve the 5-star ranking. The Chamber previously achieved the 4-star ranking in 2012.” said Barry Wilfahrt, Chamber President and CEO. “The result of our hard-work is evidenced by this impressive rating. We should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort.”

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either 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.

The Chamber – GF/EGF received perfect scores in the areas of Technology and Facilities. Special recognition was given to the outstanding membership retention rate, advocacy on behalf of the business community, and its efforts promoting entrepreneurship and addressing workforce issues.

The Chamber – GF/EGF mission is to encourage business success while enhancing the quality of life in our region.


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