Top status awarded to Elgin area Chamber

The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Elgin Area Chamber with Accredited status for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. 

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

To achieve Accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communications by meeting minimum standards in its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. 

This extensive self-review was completed by the Elgin Area Chamber in 2013 and the final determination is made by the Accrediting board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members and chamber CEOs from across the country.

“Receiving accreditation, which recognizes excellence in chamber planning and performance, is verification that we are enhancing economic vitality, advocating for business and creating opportunities for our members,” said Carol Gieske, EAC President & CEO. “Our accreditation is a testament to our business community, local government and educational institutions for the collective commitment to the greater Elgin area.”

The presentation of the accreditation occured at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Luncheon earlier this week.


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