The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce with a 5-Star accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community, according to a chamber media release.
“This accomplishment by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce is an acknowledgment of their truly excellent work,” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber vice president, sin the release. “These 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 leadership in their communities. It is a 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 its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications and technology. This extensive self-review can take six to nine months to complete, according to the release.
“This outstanding achievement would not have been possible without the support and engagement of our exceptional members, as well as collaboration with community leaders, key stakeholders, elected officials and the great team that we have within the Chamber office,” said Chamber board chair Derek Hembree, in the release. “This is a win not only for the Putnam County Chamber but also for our entire community and validates that we are on the right track to make Putnam County a better place for businesses to succeed.”
Chamber President Dana Jones said the achievement is noteworthy given the challenges posed by Covid-19 disruptions.
“These past two years of leading businesses through the pandemic while maintaining the high standards of our traditional chamber work has been tough. It is humbling and gratifying to see these efforts pay off with this prestigious accreditation status,” Jones said in the release. “This achievement and national recognition reflect the professional commitment of our staff and volunteer leadership team.”