The United States Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting this week, awarded the Greater Irving-Las Colinas with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.
“Each day, chambers of commerce are working hard to put the American dream within reach of every hardworking business owner.” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “Accreditation recognizes a chamber’s work to foster a healthy business climate that enhances the quality of life for its members and its community.”
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete. Chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars or 5-Stars. Of the 7,000 Chambers in the United State, 128 have been recognized with the highest-honor of Five-Stars. That's less than 2% of chambers in the country.
"We are proud of the work our Chamber has accomplished. As the first 5-Star Accredited Chamber in Texas, this accreditation is a testament to the impact we are making in the business community and our entire North Texas region," said Beth A. Bowman, IOM, CCE, President & CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, "We look forward to continuing our commitment to excellence in recruiting and retaining jobs, building a stronger workforce, ensuring a pro-business policy environment, and delivering top-tier customer service to our 1,900 member-investors, their 220,000 employees and our robust Irving-Las Colinas community."
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.