The Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce has been accredited for five more years by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Provo/Orem chamber, one of only three accredited chambers in Utah, was first accredited in 1982."We are obviously very pleased because of the credibility and integrity accreditation gives us," Provo-Orem Chamber President Steve Densley said. "The program helps us analyze our strengths and weaknesses and find ways to correct the deficiencies."

To receive U.S. Chamber of Commerce accreditation, a local chamber must demonstrate excellence in six areas: organization, program of action, financing, staff, communications, and plant and equipment.

"A committee of 35 local business people, headed by former chamber board chairman Lewis Billings, and the chamber staff put in hundreds of hours studying, researching and recommending improvements of the chamber operation," Densley said. He said he believes the Provo/Orem chamber's communications and financing efforts, in particular, helped it become reaccredited.