July 22, 2008
VALDOSTA, GA - The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce earns a ranking as "one of the best in the nation."
The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Chamber in Valdosta with 5-Star Accreditation.
Chamber officials say they've worked towards accreditation for more than a year.
They say there are nearly 7,000 chambers of commerce in the US, only four percent are accredited.
Less than one percent nation wide have received the top 5-star rating.
"There's 50 states but there's less than one 5-star accredited chamber in each state. There's only 44 out of almost 7,000 chambers throughout the United States," says Board member Greg Justice.
"The 5-star accreditation only validates what everybody thinks. That we have one of the best chambers in the country," adds fellow board member Ed Cockman.
The chamber says the accreditation recognizes their hard work and service to their nearly 16 hundred members.
They'll have to apply for re-accreditation in five years.
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