A Tuesday announcement from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has made official what business leaders in and around Tuscaloosa have known for a long time -- the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is one of the best in the nation.

The news shared Tuesday was that the Chamber, led by President and CEO Jim Page, has been named a finalist for the ACCE's 2021 Chamber of the Year Award.

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The annual award recognizes standouts among the 1,600 chambers of commerce and other economic development organizations that are members of the ACCE.

“This year’s finalists are among the most impactful organizations within the industry,” said ACCE President and CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “Following a tumultuous year, these chambers emerged as community champions, providing catalytic leadership to address their region’s greatest challenges and opportunities for prosperity.”

Page said the Tuscaloosa-based Chamber qualified for the award by participating in a vigorous, multi-stage process that weighs key metrics for each organization, including net revenue and assets, membership retention and more.

The winners of the award will be announced during the ACCE's virtual Chamber Innovation Summit on July 20th.

“To be named a finalist for Chamber of the Year is a tremendous accomplishment for our organization,” Page said. "This incredible recognition is the result of a loyal and supportive membership, a visionary board of directors, and the tireless work ethic of a dedicated professional staff. I’m so proud to see the innovative work being done in this great community being highlighted to an international audience.”

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