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FM Chamber Among Top Two in the Nation


The Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist in the 2010 Chamber of the Year Award program put on by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Only eight chambers (two in each of four revenue categories) in the nation received this honor.

The designation qualifies the FM Chamber as a candidate for the ACCE’s Chamber of the Year Award, which recognizes up to four chambers (one per category) nationwide for excellence in operations, member services and community leadership. The FM Chamber was one of only two chambers of its size to be chosen as a finalist.

The ACCE Chamber of the Year competition requires each chamber to assess their organizational performance over past year as well as articulate how its work has built strong and vibrant businesses and communities. The FM Chamber highlighted its Youth Leadership program, which recently incorporated a statewide service tour for program students and the new Virtual Marketplace, an online expo featuring Chamber members.

The final round of competition takes FM Chamber President Craig Whitney to Milwaukee, Wis. in August to interview with an ACCE panel of judges as part of the ACCE’s Annual Convention. The Chamber of the Year winners will be announced at an August 5 awards banquet.

“As a new addition to the FM Chamber staff, I am thrilled to have our peer Chambers recognize the accomplishments of this team,” said Whitney. “It confirms what I know after having worked with them for four and half months: they are a remarkable group of professionals who truly make good things happen in our metropolitan area.”

In the notification letter, Nicole Gentry of ACCE noted the FM Chamber was “truly among the best in the nation.”

ACCE also honored the FM Chamber this year with an Award for Communications Excellence for the redesign of their Web site: FMChamber.com. One judge noted that “the consistently high involvement of members is admirable.”

 The Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 1,800 private, public and nonprofit member firms that collectively employ more than 89,000 people. The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Dilworth, Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.

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