June 13, 2018 12:27pm
GLI named among the top three metro chambers in the nation
Greater Louisville Inc. was named among the top three metro chambers in the nation last month by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
Among the top three, one chamber will be awarded Chamber of the Year, an award which recognizes the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities, honors excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership.
It is the only award that annually recognizes the nation’s top chamber. GLI was previously named ACCE’s Chamber of the Year in 2007.
The comprehensive application process includes an ACCE review panel that considers the chambers’ overall organizational structures, fiscal responsibility, strategic planning, and member engagement.
“Being a top Chamber in the nation puts GLI in very exclusive company,” said Kent Oyler, GLI’s president and CEO. “While we hope to become the ultimate winner, this alone is a major accomplishment worth celebrating for our team members, our board and the entire community.”
Chamber of the Year is given annually to chambers in four size categories. Categories are based on a handful of criteria, such as population, number of businesses, total revenue and current number of members. GLI is classified under category four – the largest. The other finalists in this category are Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and Tulsa Regional Chamber.
“Greater Louisville Inc. is a driver of economic growth in our community, and to be a finalist is an indication of our success,” said Jim Allen, Chair of GLI’s Board of Directors. “It’s an honor for GLI to be recognized for its commitment to entrepreneurship, business leadership, talent attraction, global outreach, and much more.”
The Chamber of the Year winner will be announced on July 18 during the ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines. It will be awarded to a chamber based on its 2017 body of work.
“The GLI staff, its board and its investors accomplished a lot during 2017,” said Evelyn Strange, who was Chair of GLI’s Board of Directors in 2017. “It’s rewarding to be recognized as a finalist by ACCE. Equally rewarding is watching how GLI has excelled further during the first half of 2018. This organization is truly on a great course.”