U.S. Chamber of Commerce awards Salt Lake Chamber highest designation for chamber accreditation

Salt Lake City, Utah (June 13, 2016) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 awarded accreditation to the Salt Lake Chamber for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact within in the state of Utah.

“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 the organizations who received accreditation today for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”

There are approximately 7,000 chambers of commerce throughout the country. Of these, only 204 carry an accredited designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Salt Lake Chamber is the only chamber of commerce in the state of Utah that is accredited.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “The accreditation process is rigorous. To be accredited with 5 stars, the highest accreditation recognition a chamber of commerce can receive, provides national recognition for the outstanding work that is carried out within our business community. It underscores the effectiveness of our staff, board, volunteers and the Chamber family.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce website states the following regarding the accreditation process:

“To achieve Accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communications by meeting minimum operation and program standards in the areas of governance, program development, government affairs, and technology.”

“The purpose of the U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America.”

“This designation speaks volumes about the business community within the state of Utah,” said Heidi Walker, COO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “They are involved, they care, and they want our state to be successful. More than that, they allow our staff to work harder and smarter. Nowhere in the country will you find a stronger business climate.”

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About the Salt Lake Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents more than 8,000 businesses and 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.