Welcome to the Searcy Regional Chamber!
For over 74 years the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce has worked to build a healthy economy and business community. We are committed to Searcy’s future. By working with the City of Searcy, Searcy Regional Economic Development Corporation, local businesses, and the community, we can continue to transform our town into a vibrant place for future generations.
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Every Day is Beautiful in Green Valley
With a wide variety of events and opportunities, Green Valley has something to offer everyone. Celebrate the fun of the Minnesota State Fair with us each summer. Enjoy a scenic stroll through our many parks or play a round of golf at one of our three courses. Have your picture taken with the World’s Largest Owl and marvel at all the beautiful outdoor murals throughout the town.
Our community offers a thriving economy, superb schools, traditional values, faith and fellowship, helpful services, and many entertainment options. Green Valley is truly the ideal place for new ventures and new growth because every day is abeautiful day.
Searcy, Arkansas, March 13, 2020 The United States Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting this week, awarded the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit its local economy and positively influence its community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.
“We are very happy to receive the 4-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This is the fourth time we have been accredited and the first time we have received a 4-Star rating.” said Buck Layne, CEcD, President and CEO of the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Only a small number of chambers in the nation can tout an accredited status, and even fewer are accredited at a four-star level. We are honored to be in the top 3 percent of chambers nationwide and one of only seven (7) Accredited Chamber of Commerce in Arkansas.
Our Vice President, Tara Cathey and Public Relations Coordinator, Jenifer Skinner deserve (s) a great deal of the credit as they put in a great deal of time and effort on the project. In order to receive accreditation, the chamber had to demonstrate competency in nine core areas of Governance, Finance, Human Resources, Government Affairs, Program Development, Technology. Communications, Facilities, and Benchmarking.
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
To advance and promote the industrial, commercial and civic interests of the City of Searcy, Arkansas, and its vicinity and thereby secure and preserve a high quality of life for its citizenry.
Our 24 member Board of Directors is the governing force behind the chamber. Each year they set the direction of the chamber by creating goals, approving a Program of Work and budget. Learn More »
Bryan Burks- Harding University- Chairman of the Board
Phil Miller- Unity Health- Vice Chairman
Belinda LaForce- Savory Catering- Treasurer
Steve Foster- Bulldog Aviation- Past Chair
The chamber has recently undergone sponsored renovations that began in late 2019. We are excited about the beautiful updates to the interior and exterior of our building. Special thanks to our Conference Room Sponsor First Security Bank and to Steve Foster of Bulldog Aviation and additional sponsors for making this possible. We hope you enjoy the new First Security Bank Conference Room!