December 22, 2016
2016 Year in Review B

AWB earns ACCE Chamber of the Year, Ex-Im Bank Chairman's awards

AWB took home top honors at the annual Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) conference in Savannah, being recognized as the 2016 Chamber of the Year. The other finalists in the category were the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

Finalists for the award were evaluated throughout a multi-phase application process that examined key performance areas, including net revenue and membership retention. Once a chamber is deemed qualified, the organization is assigned a category of similarly-sized competitors.

ACCE also recognized the accomplishments of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, which was a finalist in the “large chamber” category.

AWB won in the newly-established state/province category. AWB’s contest entry highlighted the organization’s work establishing the AWB-Local Chamber of Commerce Grassroots Alliance, which is strengthening ties between AWB and nearly 70 local chambers of commerce throughout Washington, as well as its contribution to the successful campaign that sought congressional reauthorization of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.

AWB’s work at the federal level to encourage lawmakers to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank’s expired charter in 2015 also garnered the association a separate award.

The chairman of the Ex-Im Bank of the United States honored AWB’s years-long effort to support this important American institution last April Washington, D.C. with the Ex-Im Bank Chairman’s Award.

Chairman Fred Hochberg noted that the Ex-Im Bank has authorized about $66 billion in loans and credit guarantees in Washington state since 2007 – crucial support for a big chunk of the state’s $144 billion in exports.

“AWB understands the importance of Ex-Im for employers of all sizes, and works to educate its member businesses and local economies on the role that Ex-Im can play in expanding exports,” the bank said in announcing the award.

The two-year effort included a series of videos featuring employers and employees on the need for the bank and a targeted social media and news media outreach. Washington Business magazine has a detailed write-up on the federal campaign.

AWB is continuing its advocacy to fill the last seat on the bank’s board to give it a quorum for voting.

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2016 in Videos

Grow Here: Rite in the Rain

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Grow Here: Schilling Cider

Legislative Day and Hill Climb

Spring Meeting

Leadership Washington Class of 2016 Graduation

Gubernatorial Debate

Small Business Outreach Tour

Chamber of the Year Award

Policy Summit

Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Summit

D.C. Fly-in