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July 25, 2017

Congratulations to Georgia, the newest Chamber of the Year

By: Brian Mittge   Comments: 0
AWB President Kris Johnson, left, and AWB Institute Chair Mike Schwenk, right, with Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Clark during a meeting July 24, 2017, at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. (Photo: Georgia Chamber via Twitter)

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has been named the 2017 State Chamber of the Year. AWB President Kris Johnson, as leader of the outgoing 2016 State Chamber of the Year, passed on the mantle to the Georgia Chamber last week at the annual meeting of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), held in Nashville.

The Georgia Chamber, in accepting the award, noted that those honored with Chamber of the Year "have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities such as education, transportation, business development, and quality of life."

This year's competition drew competitors from across the United States and Canada.

"Chamber of the Year is the most prestigious and competitive award presented by ACCE and is the only globally-recognized industry award that honors top chambers of commerce for exemplary work," the association said about the awards. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves approximately 7,000 chamber of commerce professionals representing 1,300 organizations located worldwide, including 93 of the top 100 metro areas in the United States.

Last summer, AWB was named the inaugural State Chamber of the Year as the ACCE opened up the new category for the first time.

Twitter was alight with congratulations for the Georgia Chamber: