Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Wins Excellence Awards

Published Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:00 pm

Bowling Green, Ky. (April 28, 2015) – The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce was honored recently with three Excellence Awards by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives during its annual Spring Conference in Frankfort.

Awards received include:

  • Outstanding Membership Retention for 2014
  • Outstanding Publication for our Annual Report
  • Outstanding Website

The KCCE, established in 1965, serves as the society for chamber of commerce professionals in the state. The KCCE Excellence Awards were created to recognize superior achievement and professional excellence among local chambers of commerce throughout Kentucky. 

“We are honored for our incredible staff to be recognized by our Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives colleagues,” Ron Bunch, Chamber president and CEO, said. “We have an extraordinary team of partners that work together to provide value to our community. I thank all of our partners for their commitment to making this community an amazing place to live, work and play.”

The awards complement a phenomenal year in economic development for the region. In 2014, South Central Kentucky experienced a capital investment of $211,250,025 and the creation of over 663 new jobs.

In addition to our Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives 5 star accreditation, this year we were among three other chambers in the state to be designated as a Kentucky Certified Chamber by the KCCE. This new designation is a peer-reviewed, best practices certification awarded to chambers who meet nationally benchmarked criteria on internal organization, processes, financial controls and service to members. The other three chambers honored with this designation were Kyndle (Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement), Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Kentucky Certified Chamber program is the third of its kind outside the U.S. Chamber Accreditation, helping chambers analyze their policies and procedures as well as best practices in multiple areas. It also gives executives an additional tool to examine the inner workings of their organization and involve the board with this process.

The ACCE accreditation process is a comprehensive examination of every aspect of a Chamber’s operations, including governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, technology, communications, facilities and benchmarking. Only 1 percent of the U.S. chambers of commerce achieve this highest level of accreditation. The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce maintains a high standard of excellence and is proud to have achieved accreditation without a lapse since 1973.  

“Our team consistently provides award-winning programming and services. In 2011, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce was honored with five KCCE Excellence Awards, including three for Excellence in Communications and one each for Membership Retention and Best Special Event,” Vice President of Partnership Services Tonya Matthews said.

Other recent awards include:

  • Bunch named the 2014 James J. Coleman Community Economic Development Professional of the Year at the Kentucky Association for Economic Development Annual Conference
  • IEDC Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award in Multi-Year Economic Development for The WKU Gateway to Downtown Bowling Green TIF project. (Accepted on behalf of Bowling Green)  
  • IEDC Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award in Human Capital for The Leader In Me initiative

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About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:

Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,200 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.