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U.S. Chamber Awards the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership with 5-Star Accreditation

La Porte, IN – The United States Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting this week, awarded the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

“Accredited chambers are organizations that hold themselves to the highest industry standards. They are recognized for their work to create and expand business opportunities in their communities” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “Throughout the pandemic, these chambers continue to lead while maintaining transparent governance practices, sound financial controls, safe work environments, value in programming and effective
communications. They are commended for this great accomplishment.”

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.

“The great work completed by the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership staff, board of directors and business partners has led to this distinction. To be one of only 2 chambers of commerce earning this honor in the State of Indiana speaks to LEAP’s position in this industry. The La Porte Community is a leader in the State, and we are proud to highlight that fact,” said LEAP Executive Director Bert Cook.

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.

Steve Kring, La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership Chairman said, “The LEAP Board of Directors is very proud to be recognized as a leader in the State of Indiana and across the nation. Our work in recent years to align like-minded organizations has built a strong, viable entity that will represent our members, the City of La Porte and residents long into the future.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

The La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership works closely with our business community to provide both economic development support as well as chamber services to enhance our business climate in the greater La Porte area. You can learn more about how we support our business community by contacting visiting our website at or calling our office at 219.324.8584.

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Phone: 219-324-8584
Address: 605 Michigan Avenue
La Porte IN, 46350