Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership receives 5-Star Accreditation Rating

Posted on: November 21, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) with its 5-star accreditation rating for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community.

First accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1974, the CEP is among the elite top two percent of Chambers of Commerce nationwide that have been recognized for excellence by receiving the 5-Star Accredited designation. This is the third time in a row that CEP has received the highest accreditation level awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The only program of its kind in the country, U.S. Chamber accreditation recognizes excellence in chamber planning and performance. To achieve accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communications by meeting minimum operation and program standards in the areas of governance, program development, government affairs and technology.

The CEP earned perfect scores in five of the nine categories including Facilities, Communications, Technology, Program Development and Human Resources.

“This accreditation demonstrates to our partners that we are operating at the highest levels of professionalism and efficiency as we seek to fulfill our mission to be a catalyst for a prosperous community by creating and retaining jobs, serving as the voice of the business community and providing a positive return on investment,” said Kevin T. Sheilley, CEP President & CEO. “Being among the top two percent speaks volumes to the commitment to excellence made by our leadership and Board.”

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The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership was created to be a one-stop hub for the community’s business attraction, creation and retention efforts. The CEP’s mission is to be THE catalyst for a prosperous community. The Moving Forward plan seeks to impact the creation of 3500 new jobs with wages 15% above the county average and resulting in a capital investment of $225 million by 2018. 
For more information, visit:  www.OcalaCEP.com

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