Greater Manchester Chamber Wins National Award for Communications Excellence
GMC one of twelve Chambers Selected out of 170+ Applicants from Across US
The Greater Manchester Chamber has been named one of 12 Communications Award of Excellence winners by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), an Alexandria, Va.-based association that represents over 8,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world.
ACCE’s Awards for Communications Excellence program, generously supported by Facebook, is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the competition, which is now in its thirty-sixth year. This year more than 170 award applications were submitted from Chambers of Commerce from across the country. Applications were evaluated by an expert panel of peer Chamber professionals.
“Chambers of commerce are the storytellers and megaphones for their communities,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “Their innovative efforts to help drive engagement and change in the regions they serve are inspiring. Creative communications that spur action are what earned them this well-deserved recognition.”
The Greater Manchester Chamber was named an “Award of Excellence” winner for an entry that brought the community together, during a time of extreme adversity, to celebrate its marquee annual program. The Greater Manchester Chamber’s 2020 Citizen of the Year Celebration, honoring the Palace Theatres Peter Ramsey, is being recognized as a winner in ACCE’s Event Marketing category – a new category that was first introduced this year.
“Everyone involved with the Greater Manchester Chamber’s 2020 Citizen of the Year Celebration, honoring the Palace Theatres Peter Ramsey, deserves this recognition. We did not shy away from the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, rather, we embraced the new normal and unique possibilities to better serve our members and community.” said Lauren Getts, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Greater Manchester Chamber.
“Through this event we aspired to share a sincere and wide-spread message of resilience, tenacity and dedication indicative to our honoree, but also uniquely fitting for the unprecedented times our community was facing. We produced this event from a place of innovative creativity came through our words, graphics, style of promotion, and ultimately a professional virtual production with our AV partner Events United & Studio Lab. Our marketing strategy achieved a level of viewership and engagement never seen before at this event, as well as a fantastic level of media and community participation,” said Getts.
A panel of communications and marketing professionals from sixteen U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated 173 entries submitted for this year’s competition. Entries were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual revenue — and entry type: campaigns, digital media, event marketing and print and electronic publications.
About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) is the professional society supporting the women and men who lead local, regional, statewide and international chambers of commerce and related business and economic development organizations. Our membership includes more than 1,600 business/civic organizations worldwide. We provide our members with information resources, thought leadership, education programs, original research, benchmarking, retirement security, and access to a network of peers.
About the Greater Manchester Chamber
Incorporated in 1911, the Greater Manchester Chamber (GMC) is the largest business organization in New Hampshire, focusing its efforts primarily on Manchester and the surrounding communities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry, and Merrimack. It is the Chamber’s mission to be the voice of business, shaping economic success to enhance the quality of life in Greater Manchester. For more information visit www.manchester-chamber.org.