U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently awarded Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce with a five-star accreditation for its policies, organizational procedures and impact on the community.
Local chambers are rated accredited, three-star, four-star or five-star. The final determination is made by the accrediting board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
Of the more than 7,000 chambers of commerce in the U.S., Rochester Chamber is one of 205 to carry U.S. Chamber accreditation, 112 with five-star accreditation and four accredited chambers in New York state. Rochester Chamber and North Country Chamber of Commerce are the only five-star accredited chambers in New York.
“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 of federation relations and institute for organization management. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs and technology. The self-review can take six to nine months.
“I could not be more thrilled that Rochester Chamber received the highest level of accreditation that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers,” said Bob Duffy, president and CEO. “I’m especially pleased that we accomplished this achievement on our first time ever applying for accreditation. The accreditation process is similar to an audit of an entire organization, and we passed with flying colors. The five-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.”