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Glenwood Springs chamber a finalist for national award

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Marianne Virgili was delighted to learn that the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is a finalist to win a national award.The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) gives just four Chamber of the Year awards to chambers throughout the country. “Of course we’re delighted,” said Virgili, the chamber’s president and CEO. “It’s pretty stiff competition to even qualify to be nominated for the award.”The chambers are grouped into four categories by how much income they get from dues. The Glenwood chamber is in the group getting between $200,000 to $499,999 in dues. The other two finalists for that category are DavenportOne, of Davenport, Iowa, and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce in Missouri.”Being named a finalist for the Chamber of the Year awards is a testament to the new and expanded role chambers play in strengthening the economic vitality of their communities,” said ACCE chairman Douglas Kinsinger, in a statement on the organization’s website. “We want to recognize those chambers who are leaders in helping their member businesses to grow and their communities to succeed.”About 275 chambers qualified to enter the competition by meeting or exceeding national averages for their dues income level in things like income, assets, gain in membership and retained membership.Virgili said the chamber qualified as a finalist twice before while she’s worked there, but never received the award. She said the chamber’s high-quality, award-winning publications, branding tool kit and political action such as endorsing a fiber-optic proposal all contributed to becoming a finalist this year.The chamber selected Glenwood’s new brand, the slogan and concept of “Soak It All In.” Virgili said a branding tool kit is available to businesses to help them adopt the brand and use it for marketing.Politically speaking, Virgili said, the chamber also has significant involvement with an environmental group called Clean Energy Economy for the Region. It also endorsed a plan the city is considering to add to its fiber-optic network to where fiber optics could connect directly to homes.She said the chamber “acted very quickly because our board felt it was critical for the future of Glenwood Springs to have the broadband capability.”The chamber won’t know if it has won the award until ACCE presents them Aug. 1 in Pittsburgh, Pa.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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