The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce was recently named as a finalist for the 2017 Chamber of the Year Award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The Effingham County Chamber qualified in the Annual Revenue category with Des Moines Dowtown Chamber in Des Moines, Iowa and O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries in O’Fallon, Missouri. All finalists will be celebrated on July 18th in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Chamber of the Year Award is the only award in the nation that recognizes the role chambers have in their communities. Winners of the Chamber of the Year Award have shown impact on community priorities, including education, transportation, business development, and quality of life. To qualify for the Chamber of the Year Award, chambers must meet the criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey and submit a written application that highlights all aspects of organizational and programmatic work. These applications are then scored by a peer chamber executive to choose the finalists. The winner is then selected following an in-person interview with a panel of chamber professionals.
Effingham County Chamber CEO and President, Norma Lansing stated, “Qualifying for this award during our Centennial Year has even more meaning for the Effingham County Chamber. It is due to the dedication of our Board of Directors, volunteer teams and Chamber professional staff that we have qualified for this prestigious award. Past Chamber Board Chairman Jeff Fritchtnitch and I will be traveling to Nashville to conduct the final phase of the selection process. This in-depth interview will focus on the Chamber’s strategic objectives and future focus”.