The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce was recognized Wednesday by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association as the 2006 Chamber of the Year.

The awards ceremony was conducted at the Hilton in downtown Indianapolis.

The Indiana Chamber Executives Association, commonly known as ICEA, is composed of more than 140 paid Chamber of Commerce and associate staff members from throughout Indiana.

Nominated chambers were judged in the following key areas: financial stability, membership recruitment/retention, government relations, strategic planning, technology and communications.

Rod Henry, president of the local Chamber, said, “We are very pleased to receive this prestigious award from ICEA. Today, the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to serving as the leading business advocate for the Wabash Valley was recognized as superior. This is truly an honor.”

In making the award presentation, Mark Eagan, president of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, cited Terre Haute’s emphasis on providing valuable services to existing members through the creation of the Membership Retention Plan as one of the key reasons for the selection. The Chamber’s influential involvement in local, state and national government through its Public Policy division also was listed as another key reason for the award.

This is the sixth annual presentation of the ICEA’s Chamber of Commerce of the Year award. For more information about ICEA, visit its Web site at

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