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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Awards the Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation

“Chambers of commerce that achieve an Accreditation designation are truly leaders in their industry.” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber Vice President, Federation Relations and IOM. “This rigorous review includes all aspects of a chamber’s policies, operations, and programming. When chambers of commerce earn the distinction of becoming Accredited, it is a mark of excellence for the organization, its staff, and its leadership. Accredited chambers are recognized for their ability to serve as a resource to their region’s businesses while maintaining transparent governance practices, sound financial controls, safe work environments, effective communications, and value in programming. They are commended for their continued advocacy of free enterprise, and for their commitment to serving members and their local businesses. Congratulations on this tremendous accomplishment.” The purpose of the U.S. Chamber's Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete. CEO Sharon Mayer stated "We are so excited to receive the news of this recognition by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and appreciate all the hard work that our Board of Directors and staff did to move our Chamber to the top level of accreditation. To say that we are thrilled is putting it mildly! " Chamber Board Chair Donna Neal said "Under the leadership of Sharon Mayer, our Chamber staff have worked diligently to ensure our Chamber program is everything it can be to add the most value to our membership and our community as a whole. I am very proud to be a part of such a quality organization." 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 mission of the Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce is to advocate, educate, and build relationships that enable our communities and members to prosper.

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