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Triangle East earns Chamber of the Year honor

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SMITHFIELD­ — The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce was named the 2019 Outstanding Chamber of the Year at the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ annual conference earlier this month.

The award is presented for the chamber’s achievements in the past 18 months, along with excellence in the areas of membership, programs and services, strategic planning and finances.

Chamber President and CEO Mike Mancuso said the past 18 months have been “a proactive and transformational time” for the chamber.

“During 2018, the Board of Directors put their vision for a strong region into action,” said Mancuso. “They reached out to area towns to create inclusive partnerships. The towns of Kenly, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield and Wilson’s Mills all responded with enthusiasm. Together, the five communities became a unified brand: Triangle East.”

Mancuso said this accomplishment invigorated connections both within the region and to the thriving economic environment of the Triangle, introduced projects for long-term solutions to the rising need for workforce readiness in Johnston County and has given even greater opportunities for success among chamber members.

“We are excited to bring home the Outstanding Chamber of the Year award for our volunteer Board of Directors, our 480 members and especially our Triangle East communities,” said Mancuso. “This is a true testament to the power of collaboration. Only together will we continue to connect, grow and prosper.”

Chamber board Chairman Eric Brownlee said, “It is hard work and dedication that provides the ever-increasing value to our business community.”

“As the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce moves forward into its 50th year of service, the staff and board of directors will continue to pursue innovative programs and ideas to help the Triangle East region work toward a collaborative, diverse and prosperous future,” said Mancuso.

The chamber executives’ group known as CACCE is an industry association for chambers of commerce in North Carolina and South Carolina. Its annual conference was held Oct. 2-4 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.