Castle Rock Chamber becomes one of only 200 chambers nationwide to receive four-star accreditation
The Colorado Chambers of Commerce Executives (CCCE) convened for their annual conference and awards celebration April 29-May 2, 2018 at the Garden of the Gods Club & Resort in Colorado Springs, CO.
The agenda featured representatives from the US Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), leaders of local Colorado chambers of commerce, invited guests and sponsors, who presented on topics ranging from issues affecting local economies and businesses, to professional development and advocacy.
The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center was recognized for achieving four-star accreditation by the US Chamber of Commerce, becoming one of only 200 chambers out of 7000 chambers nationwide, and one of only three chambers in Colorado to receive this designation. Earning accreditation requires a rigorous application process that examines all aspects of essential chamber operations including governance; finance; human resources; government affairs; program development; technology; communication; facilities; and bench-marking.
A highlight of the conference is the annual Awards Celebration, sponsored by the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI—the Colorado Chamber), in which Colorado chamber leaders are recognized by their peers for best practices, noteworthy projects and achievements made the prior calendar year (2017). The categories and honorees included:
- Chief Executive of the Year Award: Andrea Stewart, executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce
- CCCE President’s Award: John Tayer, president and CEO of the Boulder Chamber
- Achievement in Fundraising (non-dues revenue): Parker Area Chamber of Commerce
- Achievement in Advocacy: Boulder Chamber of Commerce
- Best Communications Campaign by a chamber with 500 or more members: Boulder Chamber of Commerce
- Best Communications Campaign by a chamber with fewer than 500 members: Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- Best Special Project by a chamber with 500 or more members: Arvada Chamber of Commerce
- Best Special Project by a chamber with fewer than 500 members: Erie Chamber of Commerce
- Greatest percentage increase in revenue from membership dues:
- First Place: Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce
- Second Place: Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- Third Place: West Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Greatest percentage increase in number of memberships:
- First Place: Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- Second Place: Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Council
- Third Place: Berthoud Chamber of Commerce
Finally, Chris Romer, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership was recognized for his service as immediate past-chair of the CCCE board.
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives (CCCE) is an organization of local chamber executives whose purpose is to improve the professionalism of chambers, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and act as both a resource and a liaison to the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry—the Colorado Chamber. Cochamberexecs.com
The Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI) is the state chamber of commerce for Colorado. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for businesses of all sizes from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. The Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry was created in 1965 with the merger of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association, and today the organization serves as the official Colorado affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). As a private, non-profit organization, CACI’s work is funded solely by its members. COchamber.com