The National Association of State Chambers named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce the 2023 State Chamber of the Year.
The honor was bestowed Aug. 28 during the group’s annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
“It’s such an honor to earn this recognition by our peers, and it’s a fitting commentary on the hard work of our staff, board and volunteers,” said Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar in a press release. “Representing Indiana’s business community is a privilege, and we take a great deal of pride in promoting economic prosperity in the Hoosier state.”
For the first time in the eight-year history of the honor, the vote was unanimous. Award presenters referred to Indiana’s chamber as “the gold standard for state chambers across the country.”
Selection criteria included excellence in areas of legislative advocacy, membership, programming, communications and political affairs.
“We consistently rank among the top state chambers for revenue despite being a much smaller state than many,” Brinegar said. “This allows us to continually reinvest in programs and pursue partnerships to help employers prosper.”
The Indiana Chamber and its affiliates, which include the Institute for Workforce Excellence and the Wellness Council of Indiana, serve more than 25,000 members and investors throughout the state, representing over a million Hoosiers.
Last year, the organization celebrated its 100th anniversary.