Published: July 30, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Updated: July 30, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
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July 16, 2019


Bethany Orban

Marketing & Communications Manager




Longview, Texas (July 16, 2019) — The Longview Chamber of Commerce has been named Chamber of the Year by ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

ACCE is an Alexandria, Virginia-based membership association that represents over 9,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world.

Chamber of the Year, sponsored by MemberClicks, is the most prestigious and competitive award presented by ACCE and is the only globally-recognized industry award that honors top chambers of commerce. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.

Kelly Hall, CEO and President, accepted the award July 15 at the 2019 ACCE Annual Convention in Long Beach, California.

Kelly Hall, CEO and President of the Longview Chamber of Commerce, sums up the Chamber's reaction, "This is an exciting time for the Longview Chamber!  In 2015 the board set forth a new direction with the strategic plan R.E.A.C.H. (Redevelopment, Education, Advocacy, Collaboration, and Health.).  Our work is strategic, intentional and is being recognized nationwide.  Our work reminds me of a song I love by Matthew West.  His lyrics resonate and exhibit the passion I feel about taking responsibility for the future we are to build now, for the generations to follow.  His lyrics are, 'If not us - then who?  If no now - then when?'  It is time for us to do something!" 

Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue, net assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention.

Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.

This year's competition drew entries from chambers throughout the U.S and Canada. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population, and several other factors.

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About ACCE

Established in 1914, ACCE is an association of 9,000 leaders from 1,300 chambers of commerce, including 93 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas. The combined membership of ACCE chambers is close to one million businesses. Chamber leaders look to ACCE for best practices, networks and new ideas that will help them advance the interests of their communities. ACCE recommends successful programs and strategies, and identifies trends, partners and business models that show promise. For more information, visit www.ACCE.org.