“To be recognized with Cobb County, Gwinnett County — those are much larger chambers,” said Chamber President Carolyn Wright. “It’s really an honor.”
“James Magazine” named the chamber one of its top 14 in a recent annual special issue on chambers.
It placed the Paulding organization in a group which includes the Buckhead Coalition; the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; chambers of commerce in Athens, Barrow, Cherokee, Cobb, Columbus and Gwinnett counties; and the Metro Atlanta, Augusta Metro, Savannah Area, Greater North Fulton and Greater Hall County chambers of commerce.
“I think it speaks to Paulding County’s significance in the metro Atlanta area,” said Kevin Kirby, membership service director.
The magazine described the Paulding chamber as “the not-so-little engine that could.”
Paulding’s chamber is smaller in membership than many of the other chambers honored in the magazine, Wright said. The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce is the largest in the state.
She said she believes a big part of why the chamber was honored for 2011 is because former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke during the chamber’s annual meeting celebrating its 50th anniversary in early 2011.
“James Magazine” CEO is Matt Towery, a conservative columnist and political commentator. The magazine states that it gives an “inside view into Georgia’s news, politics and culture.”
Last year, the Paulding chamber also received the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Executive Accreditation from the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
The association looked at the chamber’s finances and programs to make sure they “were running a tight ship,” according to Wright.