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Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Named Finalist for National Award
May 11, 2020
Press release from Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist for the 2020 Chamber of the Year award, presented by the Alexandria, Va.-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
The award, sponsored by MemberClicks, is the most prestigious and competitive recognition presented annually by the ACCE, an association of more than 9,000 professionals from 1,500 chambers of commerce, including 93 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas.
The Chamber of the Year award recognizes the leadership role chambers have in their communities. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, economic prosperity and quality of life.
“Congratulations to the Chamber of the Year finalists. These chambers are among the most impactful organizations within the industry,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “These chambers are community champions, providing the catalytic leadership needed to help address their region’s greatest challenges.”
Chamber of the Year winners will be announced later this year.
“We at the Greater Gainesville Chamber are honored to be among the finalists for the prestigious ACCE Chamber of the Year Award,” said President/CEO Eric Godet. “Our mission is to provide value to our members and to our community, and never more than during difficult times. Being recognized for these efforts, especially by our peers, is very gratifying to every member of our team.”
Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue and assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention.
Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.
This year’s competition drew numerous entries from chambers throughout the U.S. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into four categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population, and other factors.