• FMWF Chamber named finalist for 2020 Chamber of the Year Award

  • Moorhead, Minnesota (May 12, 2020) – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist for the 2020 Chamber of the Year award, presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

    The award is the most prestigious and competitive recognition presented annually by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. ACCE is an association of more than 9,000 professionals from 1,500 chambers of commerce, including 93 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas.

    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.

    “Congratulations to the Chamber of the Year finalists. These chambers are among the most impactful organizations within the industry,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “These chambers are community champions, providing the catalytic leadership needed to help address their region’s greatest challenges.”

    Chamber of the Year winners will be announced later this year.

    “It is truly an honor to make the finalist round for our industry’s awards, and we are in great company among the other chambers that participated,” said Jim Parsons, VP of finance & operations and interim CEO at The Chamber. “We work hard to represent our business community, and it means a lot to have those efforts validated. I’m so proud of our Chamber team, board and volunteers for all of their hard work.”

    About the award
    Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue and assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention.

    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 interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.

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

    About The Chamber
    The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 109,000 people. As the largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.  

    About ACCE
    The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves more than 9,000 professionals who lead 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 ACCE by visiting www.ACCE.org

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