The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce was named a finalist for the prestigious 2023 Chamber of the Year award, presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is one of three finalists in its category, which also includes the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development in Mansfield, Ohio, and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce in Winter Park, Florida.
The award, sponsored by Personify, is the most prestigious and competitive recognition presented annually by ACCE. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, ACCE has more than 1,600 chambers of commerce, and related business and economic development organizations, as members, representing more than 9,000 professionals in the industry.
The Chamber of the Year award recognizes the leadership role chambers have in their communities. 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, economic prosperity and quality of life.
“This year’s finalists truly represent excellence in the chamber industry,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “Through their roles as community partners, thought leaders and innovative problem solvers, each has demonstrated what it means to be a catalyst for growth and regional prosperity. We congratulate them on this achievement.”
“This recognition as one of the top chambers in the country is a collective achievement and a tribute to the innovation and passion of our members and the many business leaders who support our mission to build a stronger economy and quality of life in our communities here in North Central Massachusetts,” said Roy M. Nascimento, president & CEO, North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. “I want to thank our staff, board leaders and all of our members for their support and commitment to the important work we do to advance the region.”
Chambers of commerce interested in vying for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process, which includes submitting a written application addressing all aspects of the organization’s operations and programmatic work. Eligibility for Chamber of the Year also includes meeting minimum thresholds around membership performance and financial management, including meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into four categories based on annual revenue, membership, area population and other factors.
The winner of 2023 Chamber of the Year will be made on Tuesday, August 1.