2016 Chamber of Year Winners Announced

Published Monday, August 15, 2016

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives is pleased to announce this year’s Chamber of the Year winners.

State/Province Category:
Association of Washington Business
Olympia, Washington

Category 4:
Commerce Lexington Inc.
Lexington, Kentucky

Category 3:
Southwest Indiana Chamber
Evansville, Indiana

Category 2:
Vail Valley Partnership
Avon, Colorado

Category 1:
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Hickory, North Carolina

Winners were announced on August 10, 2016 at ACCE’s Annual Convention in Savannah. The 2016 Chamber of the Year Award is sponsored by WebLink International.

Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Chambers honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have not only demonstrated organizational strength, but also have made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.

Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals

This year's competition drew entries from chambers throughout the U.S. and Canada. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population, and several other factors.

For more information about the award, including a list of past winners, visit the Chamber of the Year webpage.

About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, uniquely serves approximately 7,000 individuals who manage chambers of commerce. The mission of the Alexandria, Va.-based organization is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. Learn more about us by visiting

About our sponsor, WebLink International, Inc.
WebLink International, sponsor of the 2016 Chamber of the Year Award, is an industry-leading provider of integrated association management software. Forty percent of the top 50 metro chambers and 60 percent of ACCE Chamber of the Year Finalists have chosen WebLink as their technology provider. Learn more at


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