Bay County Chamber of Commerce wins Chamber of the Year award

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - On September 18, the Bay County Chamber of Commerce received the “Chamber of the Year” Award at the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) fall conference in Daytona Beach, FL.

This makes the fourth time the organization has applied for this award and won. (Bay County Chamber of Commerce)

This is the highest award that a Chamber can receive in the state of Florida. This makes the fourth time the organization has applied for this award and won. The Chamber won in 2004, 2010 and 2016 in addition to this year’s award.

Chambers are recognized for sound business practices and for providing responsible and innovative programs to benefit the membership and the community it serves.

“The staff, volunteers, and members of our Chamber of Commerce have always risen to meet whatever challenges and opportunities face us, never more so than over the last year,” said Will Cramer, Chairman of the Board. “I’m so pleased that the FACP chose to honor us with this award and recognize the monumental effort this community has made to rebuild a better Bay.”

The Chamber also won in two Communications categories for the Bay Biz Magazine and the annual Guide to Discovering Bay County. Both of these publications have won awards on numerous occasions over the years.

Representing the Bay County Chamber this year at the conference was Elizabeth Smith, Vice President of Events and the Chamber Foundation. She also received her 15-year service award.

“Credit for these awards goes to our amazing staff. Their resiliency after Hurricane Michael is to be commended as they re-purposed themselves to play a vital role in Bay County’s recovery to serve the business community who supports our organization and the local economy,” said Carol Roberts, President of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re thankful to the Bay County business community for believing in our role of community development and investing in its future.”

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