Kentucky Chambers Lead National Awards Race

Kentucky Chambers of Commerce Lead National Awards Race

New data reveals state produced most winners in last decade 


Frankfort, Ky. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), a national organization that represents 1,300 chambers of commerce and the 7,000 chamber professionals who manage chambers of commerce, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE), released data today showing which shows Kentucky leads the country in both national Chamber of the Year award finalists and winners.


“To have 14 finalists and six winners shows just how effective and professional our business advocacy institutions are here in the Commonwealth,” said Amy Cloud, Executive Director of KCCE.


Since 2007, ACCE has annually recognized chambers of commerce in various size categories for their work leading businesses and communities with the Chamber of the Year award. The award recognizes excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership among chambers of similar size characteristics.


“The chambers in Kentucky share openly with each other, producing a ready supply of best practice models and collective wisdom,” said ACCE President Mick Fleming. “ACCE certainly has more member representation in states larger than Kentucky, meaning that the concentration of excellence in the Bluegrass State is truly remarkable and KCCE’s work is commendable.”


Past winners have included Commerce Lexington in 2016, Murray-Calloway County Chamber in 2012, the Paducah Chamber of Commerce in 2011, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce in 2010, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce in 2009, and Greater Louisville Inc. in 2007.


Members look to ACCE for best practices, networks and new ideas. ACCE recommends successful programs and strategies, and identifies trends, partners and business models that show promise.


About ACCE:

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) serves professionals who manage chambers of commerce. ACCE's mission is to support and develop these chamber leaders to advance the interests of their communities and businesses. Follow on Twitter: @ACCE_updates.


About KCCE:

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) is the professional development society for local chambers of commerce in Kentucky.  Established in 1965, it is a not-for-profit division of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and its primary goal is to serve its membership. Follow us on Twitter: @KyExecs