Chamber awarded 5-star status


The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce has earned a 5-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce. The national honor recognizes the elite status of the local Chamber’s membership, staff and organization as a whole.

The Chambersburg Chamber staff celebrate the 5-star accreditation recognition from the U.S. Chamber, from Left to right: Angela Schaeffer, Laiton Suders, Maryliz Toohig, Sue Black, Steve Christian, Sam Thrush, Lark Kennedy, Jordan Nace, Stacy Guyer. Not pictured: Ginny Harriger. (GCACC photo)

The rigorous, six-month application process required the Chambersburg Chamber to review its policies and procedures in eight areas including finance, human resources, program development, technology, government affairs, communications, facilities and benchmarking.

The U.S. Chamber board reviewed the application and found its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community to be worthy of this recognition.

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“We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and support of our membership, Accreditation Committee and Chamber team,” Chambersburg Chamber President Stephen Christian said. “This honor would not have been possible without the business community.”

The 5-Star designation is the national organization’s highest level of achievement. The latest ranking marks the local chamber’s second consecutive 5-Star rating.

Chambersburg Chamber in top 1%

Of the 7,000 chambers of commerce in the U.S., only 128 hold the 5-star accreditation distinction, which places the Chambersburg Chamber in the top 1% nationwide.

“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit its local economy and positively influence its community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement.

Ratings for local chambers run from Accredited to 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. Pennsylvania has only four accredited chambers of commerce. The Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members, makes the final determination .

The Chambersburg Chamber is committed to helping members prosper and supporting its community. To learn more, click here to visit the Chamber’s websiite.

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