CUMBERLAND - The Cobb Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives' Chamber of the Year award. The Cobb Chamber, which has 39 employees, 62 voting members on its Board of Directors and 2,600 members, is one of three finalists in the national organization's largest category. The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Lancaster, Penn., and the Salt Lake Chamber in
Salt Lake City, Utah, were the other finalists. "This is a fantastic recognition for an excellent group of individuals who work together tirelessly to make our chamber what it is today and will be in the future," said Cobb Chamber Chairman Greg Morgan. "Being recognized as a finalist for Chamber of the Year truly doesn't happen often. We're fortunate to be able to share this achievement with our membership and the Cobb community."
This is the first time in the Chamber's history that it has been named a finalist.
Cobb Chamber President and CEO David Connell said, "being selected as a finalist for this prestigious national award is a true testament to the quality of our staff, the commitment of our volunteers, and the local, regional and state partnerships we have built during the past two years."
Connell said he believes the chamber's ability to work on what he calls a "shared vision" has enabled them to provide members with a high return on investment, improvement to the community and to create more than 5,300 new professional jobs and more than $300 million in new investments over the past two years. The Chamber of the Year award involves a multi-stage process. In April, the Cobb Chamber submitted a written application highlighting its vision and strategic plan, volunteer engagement, member recruitment and retention strategies, communication platforms, member satisfaction and innovative programs. The final step is an interview in July at the ACCE national conference in Oklahoma City, where the winners in all member categories will be announced. Since 2007, ACCE has annually recognized up to five chambers of commerce with the Chamber of the Year award.
The award recognizes excellence in operations, member services and community leadership. - from staff reports