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For Immediate Release
March 11, 2021

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PA Chamber Earns Accredited With Distinction Status From U.S. Chamber

As a result of its strong government relations advocacy; dynamic membership relations, education and compliance programs; insurance operations and commitment to social responsibility, the PA Chamber of Business and Industry has been awarded Accredited with Distinction status from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement.

“We are honored to receive the coveted Accreditation with Distinction status by the U.S. Chamber,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr.  “As the ‘Statewide Voice of Business,’ our staff strives everyday to be a trusted resource for job creators and to promote policies that will allow our private sector and economy to thrive.  The past year in particular has put the Commonwealth’s employers to the test and I’m proud of all the work our staff has done to help businesses navigate this challenging time and in creating our ‘Bringing PA Back’ initiative.  This recognition is an affirmation of our ongoing dedication to the state’s broad-based business community.”

State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction.  Currently, only seven state chambers have been awarded accreditation from the U.S. Chamber.  Of those seven chambers, four – including the PA Chamber – are accredited with distinction.

In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet a number of standards in their operations and programs – including areas of governance, government affairs and membership – and submit a lengthy application to the U.S. Chamber for approval. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.  The PA Chamber first received Accredited with Distinction status in 2015.


The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state’s largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.