NKY Chamber Receives 5-Star Accreditation, Among 1% in Nation
Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:01 RCN Newsdesk
The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce once again joined the elite when it received 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Only 75 out of 6,936 chambers nationwide currently hold this distinction.
"Accreditation is one of the highest honors bestowed on local chambers fighting for pro-growth and jobs policies at the federal, state, and local level," said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. "We are proud to recognize the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and its members for helping to advance the principles of free enterprise - the bedrock of this prestigious award."
Brent Cooper, Interim President, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, praised the chamber and staff for being recognized with the top rating of 5-Star accreditation. “I am impressed every day with the impact this chamber has on the community and our members," Cooper said in a news release. "There is a lot of hard work being done to move this community forward and to have the distinction of being one of the top Chambers in the country speaks to our credibility and effectiveness.”
To achieve accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including: governance, government affairs, and technology. For local chambers the final rating, Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars, depends on the chamber's ability to successfully meet additional criteria, including: accountability, financial transparency, employee involvement, political advocacy, and community involvement. The accrediting board, a panel of U.S. Chamber board members, votes on the final accreditation.
"This process began over a year ago," said Deborah Simpson, chair of the Northern KentuckyChamber, in a news release. "Our staff worked side by side with our Board and volunteers focused on achievinga 5-Star rating. Accreditation means that our chamber is recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one offering quality programs, practicing sound organizational procedures and reliably contributing to positive change in the community."