BY Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce

Local chambers from across the state of Texas convened June 23, 2014 for the TCCE Annual Excellence Awards.

The awards honor organizations for exceptional efforts in marketing, communications and media outreach. Awards are judged in seven separate categories: Social Media Marketing and Communications, Brochures, Chamber Map,  Magazine or Community Guide, Print /Electronic News, Outstanding Chamber Website and Outstanding Traditional Marketing Campaign.

The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce placed in three of the judged categories.

“The Irving Chamber is proud to be among the Texas Chamber’s who placed in the  in this year’s awards,” said Shawn Callaway, Interim President and CEO of the Irving Chamber.”Our marketing and communications team is made up of a talented group of individuals whose daily mission is to promote all the inner workings of the Chamber.”

In the category of Chamber Map the Irving Chamber won second-place for its Irving Economic Development Partnership Map — an aerial map of the City of Irving, which showcases its vast business parks, areas of redevelopment, it’s school district boundaries, DART Orange Line, D/FW International Airport, City Parks and more. The Irving Chamber also placed third in the Brochure category for its 2014 Federal Priorities Guide and Social Media Marketing and Communications category for its live Twitter feed and (hashtag)#BestinIrving  at its annual Best in Irving Awards Show.

“This is an extremely competitive process,” said Ray Hernandez, TCCE Vice-Chairman of Communications and 2014 Media Awards Chair.  “This year we had a record number of entries from around the state. Rest assured the winners tonight faced stiff competition from fellow chambers of commerce.  Their victory truly indicates the Irving Chamber is among the best operated Chambers in Texas.”

The overall competition had more than 225 entries from which the best were judged by panels of experts in the specific field around the state.

“This prestigious honor demonstrates the phenomenal work done by the Irving Chamber organizationally and in the community” said Bruce Partain, 2014 TCCE Board Chairman and President/CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.

“One of the primary responsibilities for a chamber is to promote the organization, community and that chamber’s members,” said Eddie McBride, TCCE Incoming Chair and President of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. “By winning these awards, the Irving Chamber can be held up as an example of the best at promoting the chamber, its businesses and providing excellent information to people in Irving.”

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