The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce with one of its top honors, recognizing the local organization for its effective structure and positive impact on the Flathead Valley.
The Kalispell chamber received a five-star accreditation for its sound policies, effective procedures and positive impact on the community. The chamber advocates for local businesses and the community as a whole and regularly hosts luncheon events that focus on top issues and topics, such as the importance of the health care industry and the school district expansion. The upcoming presentation on March 21 will focus on the redevelopment plan for downtown. Chamber staff also work with local, state and federal officials on issues related to the valley, such as completing the U.S. Highway 93 Alternate Route.
The accreditation program is the only program in the U.S. that recognizes a chamber’s effective organizational procedures and community involvement. To receive an accredited status, a chamber must meet strict minimum standards in operations and programs, including areas of governance, communication, fiscal responsibility, government affairs, and technology, according to the U.S. chamber.