Good news! The Tucson Metro Chamber is pleased to announce that after a comprehensive self-review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded us with 5-Star Accreditation. This prestigious honor puts the Tucson Metro Chamber among the top 1% of chambers of commerce nationwide.
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.
“Being recognized as a five-star chamber of commerce by the U.S. Chamber is something we should all take great pride in. This designation says the Tucson Metro Chamber is on target with its programs and is making a positive difference in our metro area, congratulations to Mike Varney and his team,” said Tucson Metro Chamber Chairman of the Board Robert D. Ramirez.
This past year, the Tucson Metro Chamber spent countless hours completing the Accreditation process. We were required to demonstrate competency in nine core areas ranging from finance to facilities. The result of our hard-work is evidenced by this impressive rating. We should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort.
The only national program recognizing chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement, Accreditation allows us to renew, improve, and promote sound business practices, policies and procedures.
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 and chamber executives from across the country.
Michael Varney, Tucson Metro Chamber president and CEO stated “I have often said that the staff of the Tucson Metro Chamber is the best in the business. We are very pleased that the United States Chamber of Commerce has recognized the hard work of our staff with a five-star accreditation designation. Five-star recognition from the U.S. Chamber is extremely rigorous which is why so few chambers of commerce have achieved this level of designation. The Chamber’s program of economic expansion, advocating for job creators and workforce development is a program we are very proud of.”