The Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP) was recognized as the National 2023 Chamber of the Year during the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 1.


The OEP is a business development organization that seeks to grow the economy, drive investment, improve competitiveness and fuel regional leadership by harnessing Central Florida’s partnerships. The OEP won out over its fellow finalists, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Portland Business Alliance, to take the top spot in its category.


The ACCE, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is a professional society that has evaluated and honored chambers in multiple size categories since 2007. Its membership is comprised of more than 1600 business and civic organizations worldwide, who lead chambers of commerce and related organizations at local, regional, statewide and international levels. The ACCE celebrates excellence in operations, member services and community leadership with its Chamber of the Year award, which is the only globally recognized industry award that honors top chambers of commerce.


“The Orlando Economic Partnership is honored to receive this national distinction,” said Tim Giuliani, OEP president and CEO.  “It recognizes the importance of our work to advance the benefits of our region’s growth to everyone who lives, works, learns and plays in Central Florida.”


Chambers that enter the ACCE’s competition must commit to a multistage review, which involves dynamic chamber benchmarking, application and interview. Those who become finalists compete against other chambers within their same category. The size category of each contestant is determined by data from the benchmarking platform. Simply achieving “finalist” status recognized the OEP’s impact it has had on Orlando’s key community priorities, such as economic prosperity and quality of life.


In addressing factors that helped the OEP stand out in the competition, Giuliani credited OEP’s focus on its mission, its shift to “engaging community-builder type of businesses” into OEP’s work, and working with government and higher-education partners.

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