GACCE Announces 2013 Class of Georgia Certified Chambers

Press Release
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
CONTACT:
Tiffany Fulmer Ott  -                                     Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
(404) 312-0524   
tfulmer@gacce.org
 
DATE:                                    November 7, 2013
HEADLINE:  GACCE Announces 2013 Class of Georgia Certified Chambers
 
 
It’s an exciting time to be in the chamber industry and to be a chamber in Georgia.  The quality of leadership, programs and services that define the over 160 chambers statewide continues to increase.  Many chambers have risen to the challenge during these tough economic times to provide unparralled leadership and direction, helping their members and communities thrive.  This type of performance is a reflection of the solid organizational infrastructure built through much hard work and diligence.
 
In 2011, the GACCE Board of Directors sought a way to recognize chambers in the state that have focused internally on their operations to assess their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to create efficient, effective organizations positioned to deliver great value.  Thus the Georgia Certified Chamber program was created.
 
The program is modeled after the U.S. Chamber’s accreditation program.  The purpose of the program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across the State of Georgia.  Chambers must meet standards in organization, service intent and capacity, professional administration, financial management, communications, and advocacy in order to achieve the Georgia Certified Chamber designation.
 
With over 160 chambers in the State of Georgia, the seven chambers that were recognized as Georgia Certified Chambers during the Opening Luncheon of the 2013 GACCE Volunteer Leader Conference held at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront in Savannah, GA on November 7  received a prestigious honor that distinguishes the high quality, expertise, and strong leadership displayed by accredited chambers.  These seven chambers join 34 other chamber members who were recognized with this distinction in the past two years.
 
The following chambers make up the 2013 class of Georgia Certified Chambers:
 
1. Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber
2. Banks County Chamber
3. Cordele-Crisp Chamber
4. Dawson County Chamber
5. LaGrange-Troup County Chamber
6. Madison-Morgan County Chamber
7. Thomaston-Upson County Chamber 
 
GACCE congratulates these chambers for their accomplishment!