FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY—The State Chamber of Oklahoma received the highest accreditation ranking in the nation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today.
U.S. Chamber officials praised the Chamber’s fifth straight accreditation, citing sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the state. In 1990, The State Chamber became the first accredited state chamber in the nation, and has been reaccredited every five years since. The State Chamber was awarded “Accreditation, with Distinction” this year. “Accreditation is one of the highest honors bestowed on chambers fighting for pro-growth and jobs policies at the federal, state, and local level,” said U.S. Chamber President & CEO Tom Donohue. “This distinction honors your commitment to helping to advance the principles of free enterprise — the bedrock of this prestigious award.”
State chambers that choose to go through the process are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members. Only four state chambers nationwide were awarded the "Accredited, with Distinction" designation this year.
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and statewide involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take six-to-nine months to complete. The State Chamber received a perfect score in the Governance, Human Resources, Government Affairs and Facilities sections of the application.
"We are honored to be among the most elite state chambers in the nation. It is a testament to our hard-working and talented staff, who always put our membership above all else," said State Chamber President & CEO Fred Morgan. “But, even more importantly, we could not do what we do without our members. This designation only means we must continue to work hard to serve as the business community's legislative advocates both in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. For more information, visit www.uschamber.com
The State Chamber of Oklahoma has been the state’s leading advocate for business since 1926, representing more than 2,000 Oklahoma businesses and 400,000 employees. For more information, visit www.okstatechamber.com.