WE EXIST TO IMPROVE OUR REGION’S QUALITY OF LIFE.
We are a catalyst for dynamic job creation that seeks to improve economic growth, mobility and vitality while enhancing the quality of life in our region: Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties.
Our organization is the only Chamber of Commerce in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 5-Star Accreditation—a level achieved by only 5 percent of chambers across the nation.
Accreditation means you can trust us and the work we do on your behalf. It validates a chamber as having programs that benefit the region it serves, and financial stability to carry us into the future.
Our Members & Community
We represent about 900 member businesses and their 130,000 employees across Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties as a chamber of commerce. Our members range from Fortune 500 companies to small family businesses to dedicated non-profits. While most of our members are based in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, we welcome anyone who does business in the region regardless of geographic location. Learn More.
Our economic development arm CREDC is the leading Certified Economic Development Organization for promoting and performing economic development activities in the Harrisburg region, consisting of Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. CREDC has championed more than 500 projects creating and retaining 15,000 jobs and creating an economic impact of $600 million. CREDC continuously receives the highest rankings from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Learn More.
Inclusive – We seek to create an organization and community where everyone feels that they belong.
Data Driven – We root our evaluation and activities in data.
Collaborative – We convene and connect leaders in our business and community to move us forward.
Positive – We are unapologetically, relentlessly positive storytellers about our work and region.
Our Rich History
The Harrisburg Regional Chamber was founded in 1884 as the Harrisburg Board of Trade. In 1913, it was decided that the organization should be formally incorporated as a Chamber of Commerce and by 1914 that official designation was given to the organization. CREDC was founded in 1983 and merged with the Chamber in 1994.
Together with our members, we’ve accomplished some pretty amazing things over the last 140 years. Here are just a few:
- Beautifying Harrisburg through the City Beautiful Movement (1900s)
- Bringing reliable, modern electricity to the city of Harrisburg (1920s)
- Building the region’s first airport (Today’s Capital City Airport, 1930s)
- Converting Olmstead Airforce Base into Harrisburg International Airport (1960s)
- Forming Penn State Capital Campus (Today’s Penn State Harrisburg, 1960s)
- Creating the Hershey Center for Applied Research (2000s)