State Chamber of the Year Awards

To highlight best practices among state chambers and to provide recognition to COSC member chambers and their leaders who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional services and results for their members, each year COSC honors a state chamber with the State Chamber of the Year (SCOTY) Award.

State chambers are encouraged to apply for the award, highlighting one or more of the following areas of achievement:

  • public policy,
  • political engagement,
  • membership & development,
  • organizational development, 
  • communications, and
  • membership services.

Applications are due June 2, 2017, and winners will be announced on August 21 at COSC's Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

2016 Winners Announced

The Council of State Chambers announced on October 11, 2016, that the North Carolina Chamber has been named “State Chamber of the Year.” The purpose of the State Chamber of the Year award is: to bring attention to innovative initiatives and best practices that advance state chambers' mission and work; and to provide deserved recognition to state chambers and their leaders who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional services and results for their members.

Kevin Brinegar, Chair of the Council of State Chambers and President & CEO of the
Indiana Chamber of Commerce, lauded the North Carolina Chamber for its outstanding achievement. “The North Carolina Chamber is a most deserving recipient of our inaugural State Chamber of the Year award. Our hope is that this award will raise the bar for us all as we work to advance our states as desirable places to live, work and invest.”

“To have our chamber be named as a finalist and be in the company of the best chambers in the country is both humbling and gratifying,” said Lew Ebert, President & CEO of the North Carolina Chamber. “The Council of State Chambers has been a critical platform for us to share and learn best practices, and the association provides similar opportunities for all state chambers.”

The North Carolina Chamber was recognized during the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Council of State Chambers, which was held last week in Austin, Texas. Also recognized were the: