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Lubbock Chamber receives U.S. Chamber's Highest Award

Provided by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

The United States Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce has once again earned a 5-Star Accreditation, which is the highest level of accreditation the U.S. Chamber awards. The Lubbock Chamber becomes the only Chamber in North America to be accredited two times with a 5-Star rating and twice named Chamber of the Year nation-wide by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

"Being the only Chamber of Commerce in North America to achieve these levels of recognition speaks volumes about the quality of the Lubbock business community and chamber members that support the work of the Lubbock Chamber. I proud to lead this Chamber Board in carrying out these important efforts that have been recognized by the U.S. Chamber," said Chamber Chairwoman Alona Beesinger.

The only program of its kind in the country, U.S. Chamber Accreditation recognizes an organization for being a catalyst for its positive action in its community, quality programs, and clear organizational procedures. Of the 7,007 chambers in the United States, only 204 chambers are accredited, and of those accredited only 82 chambers have been awarded the 5-Star achievement. To achieve accreditation, a chamber must exceed standards in its operations and programs, including areas of governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, technology, communications, facilities and benchmarking. This extensive self-review can take from three to six months to complete. According to the U.S. Chamber's final report, the Lubbock Chamber achieved a perfect score in governance, human resources, government affairs, program development, communications and facilities.

"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."

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce represents over 2,100 businesses and 73,000 employees on the South Plains with their $900 million in economic impact to West Texas. To become a member of the Chamber or to learn more, please call (806) 761-7000 or visit www.lubbockchamber.com.

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