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Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce earns five-star accreditation from U.S. Chamber

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The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its recent five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. PHOTO CREDIT: GREATER UTICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

UTICA, N.Y. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has recently awarded five-star accreditation, the highest level available, to the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce.

This makes the chamber one of only four in New York state and one of just 189 chambers nationwide (out of about 7,000 total chambers) that have achieved the honor, according to a Greater Utica Chamber news release.

“This significant accomplishment underscores our steadfast commitment to excellence, economic advancement, and the overall prosperity of the Greater Utica region,” Kari Puleo, chamber executive director, said in the release. “It’s not just a validation of our hard work; it’s a tribute to the collaborative spirit and dedication of our members, partners, and the entire community. This five-star accreditation is not merely a recognition. It symbolizes our promise to continue cultivating a thriving business environment, creating opportunities, and contributing to the enduring success of greater Utica.”

The Greater Utica Chamber was recognized for facilitating the implementation of forward-looking programs and services and other innovations that attract businesses to the region and streamline services for its members.

The organization was commended for its leadership role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including its “Take Out the Virus” campaign and Feed Frontline Families initiative, along with its What’s Upstate initiative that showcases the region as a destination for skilled professionals.

The designation is one of accountability and credibility and shows the chamber is performing at a higher level than 98 percent of other chambers nationwide, the release stipulates. The Greater Utica Chamber was recognized for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

The purpose of the accreditation program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and foster a pro-business environment. The self-review can take from six to nine months to complete.

The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, member-based business organization focused on the development of an economic climate that enhances commercial growth and quality of life.