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Accreditations and Awards

AEDO Accreditation

Accredited Economic Development Organization

The Greater Akron Chamber has been recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as one of the 60 economic development organizations in North America accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). The Greater Akron Chamber is the first and only organization in Ohio to receive this distinguished accreditation.

The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in their profession. The program consists of two phases: A documentation review and an onsite visit.

Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the Greater Akron Chamber has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed and their business is in good hands.


Professional economic development organizations have recognized the Chamber’s excellence in economic development within the region, the state and internationally. The Chamber’s Business Retention Program, the “Greater Akron Partnership” has received numerous awards recognizing its efforts in business retention and expansion.

The Chamber has been recognized by the following organizations (but not limited to):

  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • The State of Ohio – Governors Cup
  • Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA)
  • Business Retention Expansion International (BREI)
  • Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)
  • Team NEO/Cleveland Plus