Partnership wins national chamber award
AVON — The Vail Valley Partnership the region’s community development organization, has been named Chamber of the Year this year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Hailed as the most celebrated recognition of overall excellence for chambers of commerce, this award recognizes superior distinction in operations, member services and community leadership.
Mike Brumbaugh, Chair of the Vail Valley Partnership’s Board of Governors said, “The Board of Governors congratulates the staff and recognizes this type of award is really a reflection of the community and the membership.”
Since 2007, the national chamber organization has annually recognized chambers of commerce in various size categories for their work leading businesses and communities with the Chamber of the Year award. Chamber of the Year finalists are evaluated throughout a multi-phase application process. Organizations that wish to enter the competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue and membership retention. Once a chamber is deemed qualified, the organization is assigned to a category of similarly-sized competitors.
Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers of commerce have in leading businesses and communities. Chambers honored with this designation have not only demonstrated organizational strength, but also have made an impact on community priorities including education, transportation, business development and quality of life.
The Vail Valley Partnership offers numerous programs that help highlight the Vail Valley as a community, including Vail Valley Economic Development, Lodging Quality Assurance, NEXT Vail Valley, Platinum Service Program, and the Non-Profit Network. These programs, in addition to member marketing benefits, networking programs, customer service initiatives and collaborative programming including the Vail Valley Merchant Alliance and EGE Air Alliance, help raise the profile of the Vail Valley as a location that is business-friendly and open to entrepreneurs, as well as being a world class vacation destination.
The Vail Valley Partnership was also presented an Award for Communications Excellence for the website VailValleyMeansBusiness.com, and the group received recognition in three distinct membership retention award categories.
“This type of recognition wouldn’t be possible without the collective hard work and commitment of our staff and our volunteer board to our mission and our community, and to our members for continuing to invest in the community through the (organization’s) programs and services,” Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer said. “We’re humbled and honored to serve the Vail Valley business community and thank to all our members, stakeholders, partners and volunteers for this recognition.”