US Chamber Awards Rockport Fulton Chamber Of Commerce With Renewal Of 5 Star Accreditation
(ROCKPORT-FULTON June 18, 2015) The United States Chamber of Commerce today awarded the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce with renewal of 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. US Chamber representatives will make a formal presentation of the award at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber’s Annual “Changing of the Gavel” Banquet on Monday, June 29, 2015. Please call the Chamber for more information.
“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 six-nine months to complete.
"We are thrilled that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the 5-Star Re-Accreditation to the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. This is the highest rating that any chamber can receive from them. Our Chamber must reapply for this accreditation every five years. The 5-Star rating is a direct result of the superior programs and service of our Chamber to our members and our community. We could not achieve this level of achievement without our dedicated volunteers, partnerships with our local government entities and our tireless Chamber Staff. Over 50 individuals collaborated to complete the nine-sections of the accreditation application, an arduous task that took countless hours and months to complete while concurrently continuing on with high level programming and services. No words can express my appreciation to these individuals for their dedication and support of our Chamber," commented Chamber Chairman, Karen R. Mella.
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce now has a history of being accredited for 20 years. Of the 7,022 chambers in the United States, 207 of these are Accredited. Some chambers don't even make the 'self-analysis section' to determine if they qualify to begin the application process. These elite chambers represent the top 3% of all chambers in the United States.
There are 29 Chambers in Texas that are Accredited. Two Chambers; Flower Mound and Midland, have an “Accredited” Status. Three Chambers; Conroe, East Parker County, and Round Rock Chambers are “Accredited with 3-stars.” Thirteen Chambers; Denton, Frisco, Galveston, Grapevine, San Antonio, Hurst Euless Bedford, Kerrville, Laredo, McKinney, Nacogdoches, Pearland, San Angelo and Tyler Chambers are at “Accredited with 4-stars.” Eleven Chambers in Texas have received the 5-Star Status. These Chambers include: Fort Bend County, Beaumont, Irving-Las Colinas, Longview, Lubbock, Lufkin-Angelina, McAllen, Plano, Richardson, Rockport-Fulton, and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber. According to the 2013 World Chamber of Commerce Directory, the Rockport-Fulton Chamber is the smallest Accredited Chamber in Texas with the most membership per capita. See chart below.
About the Chamber...
The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce was charted in March of 1952. It was located in the building at 404 Broadway until August of 2011 where it moved across the street to new offices and Visitor Center at 319 Broadway. In the year 2000, the Chamber received its first accreditation for activity of the previous five years. In 2005, the Chamber was Accredited with 4-stars. In 2010, the Chamber received “Accreditation with 5-stars”, receiving that designation as the third Chamber in Texas to be awarded 5-stars. The Chamber has held its accreditation status for 20 years.