The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the highest level of accreditation available. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s accreditation program is the only one of its kind which defines excellence in chamber performance and planning. There are roughly 7,000 chambers of commerce throughout the country, but only 189 chambers nationwide and four in New York State carry this prestigious honor. This designation of accountability and credibility means that the chamber is performing at a higher level than 98% of others nationwide. It was awarded to the Chamber for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.


“Accredited chambers of commerce are impactful advocates for the business community” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber Vice President, Federation Relations and IOM.  “When chambers of commerce earn the distinction of becoming Accredited, it is a mark of excellence for the organization, its staff, and its leadership.  This rigorous review includes all aspects of a chamber’s policies, operations, and programming.  Accredited chambers are recognized for their ability to serve as a resource to their region’s businesses while maintaining transparent governance practices, sound financial controls, safe work environments, effective communications, and value in programming. It is an extraordinary accomplishment.”


The purpose of the U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.


According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s leadership is recognized for facilitating the implementation of forward-looking programs and services, and innovations that attract business to the region and streamline services for members. The chamber is commended for its leadership role as it helped members and the greater business community navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. It is recognized for its “Take Out the Virus” campaign and its Feed Frontline Families initiative. The chamber is also noted for its What’s Upstate initiative showcasing the region’s vibrancy as an attractive destination for skilled professionals.


“I am delighted to share the exciting news that the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce has been awarded the prestigious 5-Star Accreditation by the US Chamber of Commerce,” stated Kari Puleo, Executive Director of the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce. “This significant accomplishment underscores our steadfast commitment to excellence, economic advancement, and the overall prosperity of the Greater Utica region. It’s not just a validation of our hard work; it’s a tribute to the collaborative spirit and dedication of our members, partners, and the entire community. This 5-Star Accreditation is not merely a recognition – it symbolizes our promise to continue cultivating a thriving business environment, creating opportunities, and contributing to the enduring success of Greater Utica.”


Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.


The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-based, business organization focused on the development of a prosperous economic climate that will enhance commercial growth and the quality of life for all who reside in the Utica region.  To learn more about the mission and initiatives of the Greater Utica Chamber, please visit