The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing the Kearney community and region. Business owners and employees in the area network to advocate on behalf of the community at large, economic prosperity and business interests.
The mission of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is “Promoting the success and profitability of members through involvement, education, advocacy and marketing of the Kearney area business community." This mission statement defines the Kearney Chamber and guides the board and staff in policy and decision making.
The Kearney Chamber of Commerce is a four-star accredited chamber with the US Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the U.S. Chamber's Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America. By earning Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Kearney Chamber shows its dedication to:
- Reviewing, improving, and promoting strong business practices
- Recognizing leadership and outstanding contributions to the community
- Supporting the principles of free enterprise and promoting pro-growth policies at federal, state, and local levels
- Establishing best practices and staying in-step with industry changes
Local businesses are voluntary paying members of the Kearney Chamber. There are currently 850+ members of the chamber, making it the third largest chamber by membership in the state of Nebraska. Members include businesses and individuals.
The Board of Directors set policy for, and guide the workings of, the chamber. The Board then hires an President/CEO, who hires an appropriate and affordable number of staff to run the organization.
The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1919 but has a history that starts many years earlier. To read the complete history on the formation and growth of the Chamber please click here.
The Kearney Area Chamber is staffed by 5 full time employees who handle the wide variety of events, programs and business operations. For a full listing of the staff and their contact information click here.
Board of Directors
The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is governed by a Board of Directors who's role is to set policy, approve budgets and financial transactions, determine goals and the dues structure, and hire the President/CEO.
A Member at Large serves a term of four years, while a member of the Executive Board serves a term of five years. New Board Members are appointed by the existing Board and represent the following areas of business: Agriculture, Construction, Education, Finance, Hospitality, Industry, Media, Medical, Professional, Real Estate, and Retail. For a full listing of the current members of the Board of Directors, click here.
Click here for a listing of all Kearney and Buffalo County Elected Officials.