For the third time since 2000, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has been named Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, according to a news release Thursday.
The award was announced during the organization's annual convention Wednesday in Cincinnati.
National Chamber of the Year is the highest national award presented to chambers of commerce, the release said.
"It is a great honor to win this prestigious award," said chamber board chairman Tom Upshaw. "The chamber would not have received this recognition without the leadership and support of our members, committed board, staff and community partners."
Never miss a local story.
The chamber was among four honored.
Forty-one applicants were divided into categories based on their budget, number of members and local population, according to Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives spokesman Ian Scott.
The finalists in the chamber's category included groups from Asheville, N.C., Fargo, N.D., and Waco, Texas.
Qualification for the award included annual financial and membership benchmarks. Finalists participated in interviews with a panel of four judges, Scott said.
Chamber president Bill Miles said the judges were impressed with the chamber's work to help attract JetBlue to Savannah.
"I think our success in the past 12 months and where we're headed," helped separate the chamber from the others, he said.
The Hilton Head chamber won the national award in 2000 and 2006 and was a finalist in 2010 and 2012.
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has more than 1,400 members in the U.S. and Canada.
Follow reporter Dan Burley on Twitter at twitter.com/IPBG_Dan.
- Hilton Head chamber finalist for national award, Aug. 1, 2014