PLATTSBURGH The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce has been officially reaccredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, successfully completing a rigorous internal and external review process against national standard of organizational excellence. In addition to general reaccreditation, the chamber also achieved the continued distinction of being a "Four Star Chamber," ranking it among the top one percent of chambers of commerce in the country. "This outside recognition by the U.S. Chamber and our peers across the country is very gratifying," stated chamber president Garry F. Douglas. "It's a credit to our board, our staff, our volunteers, our partners and our members." Though the local chamber of commerce was first accredited 10 years ago, reaccreditation is required every five years. To be accredited, a chamber must meet a wide range of standards including professional staffing, good governance and sound financial practices, and must demonstrate effective engagement in such areas as strategic planning, economic development and governmental affairs. All aspects of the chamber's operations and activities were reviewed and assessed by board committees earlier this year, leading to an extensive submission which was subjected to review by the U.S. Chamber Accreditation Board in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the national accreditation program is to encourage and spotlight excellence while also recognizing those chambers which are full-service business development and advocacy organizations as model chambers. There are currently 6,936 chambers of commerce in the U.S., but only 103 are accredited at the four star level. The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce is the largest business and economic development alliance in northern New York, representing more than 3,250 companies and organizations in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and northern Warren counties.