Finalist in 2012 Chamber of the Year!

We were thrilled in 2011 to be honored as Indiana Chamber of the Year. Now we are keeping are fingers crossed to win the 2012 American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Chamber of the Year! We are so proud to be one of the finalists in ACCE’s prestigious Chamber of the Year competition. We thank all of our tremendous board leaders, dedicated volunteers, and our engaged members for allowing us to reach this level of recognition!

Below is the official press release with more information on the ACCE  competition:

The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce today learned that it has been named a 2012 Chamber of the Year finalist in the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) national competition which recognizes the dual role chambers of commerce have in leading businesses and communities. Chamber of the Year awards honor chambers of commerce in four categories based on the size of the organizations. During all stages chambers compete amongst peers from similar total income levels and up to three chambers with the highest number of points in each of the entry categories, based on total revenue, may be named finalists.  The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is one of two finalists in the $450,001–$900,000 total revenue category.

Each year up to four chambers of commerce are honored with ACCE’s Chamber of the Year designation, recognizing excellence in operations, member services and community leadership. Chambers honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have not only demonstrated success in community leadership and organizational strength, but also have made an apparent impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, healthcare, and cultural vitality. Applications are reviewed and scored by a committee of chamber executives and former Chamber of the Year winners.

“To be named a finalist for this award is an incredible honor for The Chamber’s board of directors, volunteers and Chamber staff who last year set forth on an ambitious strategic plan.  It is a tribute to the innovation and passion of the more than 450 individuals that work so hard to build better business and better community in greater Bloomington,” said Christy Gillenwater, president & CEO of The Chamber.  “We are deeply honored to be selected as a finalist.”

The Chamber of the Year award involves a multi-stage process, which includes the ACCE operations survey, formal application and the final interview. Winners of the 2012 Chamber of the Year will be announced at this year’s ACCE Convention in Louisville, KY from August 1-4.

American Chamber of Commerce Executives is a national non-profit association for management in chambers of commerce dedicated to furthering the business and the individual professional development of their members.

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Also, we made INside Indiana Business for being a national finalist in ACCE’s Chamber of the Year!                                                                                                                                      For more information visit