West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Recognized at 2022 ACCE Annual Convention
WEST DES MONES, IA (THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2022) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) attended the 2022 Annual Convention hosted by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) July 26-29, 2022. The WDM Chamber was recognized as a finalist for the 2022 Chamber of the Year award, presented by ACCE. ACCE is an association based in Alexandria, Va., that has over 1,600 chambers of commerce and related business and economic development organizations as members, representing more than 9,000 professionals in the industry.
Chamber of the Year winners were announced on Wednesday, July 27, during the Awards Show at ACCE’s Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The Chamber of the Year award program is sponsored by Personify. The WDM Chamber was nominated in Category 2 alongside the Henry County Chamber of Commerce in McDonough, Georgia, and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce in Paducah, Kentucky. The Henry County Chamber was ultimately named the 2022 Chamber of the Year in Category 2.
“It is an incredible honor to be one of three outstanding finalists in our category for Chamber of the Year in the U.S.A., and we extend our congratulations to the Henry County Chamber of Commerce for their selection as Chamber of the Year and to the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce as another outstanding finalist,” said Katherine Harrington, President & CEO of the WDM Chamber, “It takes an innovative and passionate team, members, volunteers, and City leaders to create a vibrant and strong Chamber and community. We want to thank our Chamber family for supporting us every step of the way!”
The award is the most prestigious and competitive recognition presented annually by ACCE. It recognizes the leadership role chambers of commerce 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.
Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas in ACCE’s Annual Chamber Operations Survey, including net revenue and assets, membership account retention and membership dollar retention.
Qualifying chambers entered the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications were scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners were selected from among finalists based on an interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.
To ensure the fairest competition, applicants were grouped into four categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population and other factors.
About the WDM Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce is to champion all things West Des Moines by strengthening our area companies, providing personalized resources, and attracting a top workforce to position WDM as the best suburban city in America. With 700+ members, we provide something for everyone. Learn more about the chamber and how to get involved at wdmchamber.org.
About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) is the professional society supporting the women and men who lead local, regional, statewide and international chambers of commerce and related business and economic development organizations. Our membership includes more than 1,600 business/civic organizations worldwide. We provide our members with information resources, thought leadership, education programs, original research, benchmarking, retirement security, and access to a network of peers.
About the award sponsor Personify
Personify partners with associations, chambers of commerce, charities, event organizers, health and wellness facilities, educational institutions and other purpose-driven organizations to help them manage and grow their communities. Personify’s Community Experience Platform combined with their professional service offerings benefit organizations of any size and at any stage of growth. For more information, visit https://personifycorp.com/.
West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Melanie Mackey Events & Marketing Communications Coordinator
- July 28, 2022
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