Lufkin, Texas – The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. The 5-Star Accreditation designation is the highest level that can be awarded to a Chamber and has been awarded to only 89 chambers in the nation – less than 1% of all Chambers nationwide.
“This designation signifies what so many of us already knew – that Lufkin/Angelina County has great community support and this Chamber has great volunteers and staff,” commented Casey Robertson, Chamber Board Chairman, “It is an incredible level of achievement for our Chamber, our leadership and our community to be recognized at the highest level possible”.
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber Executive Director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations. “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. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review takes 6-9 months to complete.
“It signifies a tremendous amount of work and a commitment from leadership, management and volunteers and it is an honor to achieve such a high standard of service and to be recognized nationally for it”, added Jerry Huffman Chamber President/CEO. “We have worked hard to be the best Chamber possible and this designation validates a lot of hard work and effort.”
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. With the final determination made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
“The mission of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber is to continuously improve the economic prosperity, the business environment and the quality of life in Angelina County and we will continue to work hard to fulfill that mission,” Huffman said.
Other Chambers in Texas with 5-Star designation include: Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, Longview Chamber of Commerce, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Richardson Chamber of Commerce
Rockport-Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.