The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has been named Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), an Alexandria, Va.-based association of more than 7,500 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.
Chamber of the Year, sponsored by WebLink International, is the most prestigious and competitive award presented by ACCE and is the only globally-recognized industry award that honors top chambers of commerce. 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, business development and quality of life.
Chamber President Sandra Wilson, Board Chair Tammy Zimmerman of Payment Plus, 2016 Board Chair Bruce Wilcox of Henry A. Petter Supply and 2015 Board Chair Bryan Carner of U.S. Bank accepted the award July 18 at ACCE’s Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
"We are thrilled and honored to be named Chamber of the Year," Paducah Chamber President Sandra Wilson said. "We wouldn't be here without the hard work of our members, volunteers, our chamber board and our staff.
"Being selected Chamber of the Year is a great way to celebrate a record-breaking 2016, and we are thrilled to be recognized on the national level."
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, net 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 in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.
This year's competition drew 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.