The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has been named one of three finalists nationwide for the 2017 Chamber of the Year award presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The Paducah Chamber is a finalist in Category 2. Finalists for the award - of which there are three in the same category - will be celebrated at a special event Tuesday, July 18 in Nashville, TN at the ACCE National Convention.
In 2011 the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded the Chamber of the Year by the ACCE. The Paducah Chamber is also 4-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a Kentucky Certified Chamber.
“We are so excited to be named as a finalist for Chamber of the Year,” said Sandra Wilson, president of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. “We want to thank our members, volunteers, Chamber board and staff for their hard work and support. Being selected as a Chamber of the Year finalist is a great way to celebrate a record breaking 2016 and we are thrilled to be recognized on the national level. We look forward to the next step, which is an interview process, at the ACCE Convention.”
Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the leadership role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Chambers honored with this designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life. The award involves a multi-stage process including a detailed operations survey, application and interview. Only select chambers nationwide are asked to compete beyond the operations survey. The application process also includes submitting detailed information and case studies on programs and initiatives. Finalists are then named based on scoring of the in-depth application process. From there, each finalist undergoes a 45-minute interview before a panel of four judges at the National Convention.
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 in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.
This year's competition drew numerous entries from chambers throughout the U.S and Canada. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population, and several other factors.
Other finalists in Category 2 are Kalispell (Montana) Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce based in Fitchburg, MA.