Kara Luzik Canale Named a “40 Under 40 Emerging Leader Shaping the Chamber Industry” by ACCE

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC is pleased to share that Kara Luzik Canale, Vice President, was named a “40 Under 40 Emerging Leader Shaping the Chamber Industry” by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the national organization for chambers of commerce, businesses and organizations, like convention and visitors’ bureaus and economic development organizations. This annual recognition program showcases 40 of the industry’s top emerging leaders who have demonstrated success in their careers and made significant contributions to the communities they serve.

“Kara is smart, has an exceptional work ethic and has taken time to learn and understand our business and mission. She has reshaped and modernized our communications strategy with a new website, extensive use of social media, use of analytics in our strategy and hired a new communications director,” shared David Black, President and CEO at the Chamber & CREDC. “She has excelled in all areas of her position. She has been a game-changer for our organization and a trusted voice in senior staff discussions.”

The list includes CEOs and staff professionals from a wide variety of roles and chamber sizes. During a year that challenged us all, their creativity, dedication and commitment to identifying innovative solutions will help shape the future of the chamber profession.

At the Chamber & CREDC, Kara is responsible for implementing and developing components of the Chamber & CREDC’s Strategic Plan and oversight of specific areas of operation including membership, events, business diversity, and communications. Kara comes to the Chamber & CREDC following nearly a decade in strategic communications agencies. A professional problem solver, she’s applied her skills to organizations ranging from regional non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. She played key roles in opening a casino resort, building a major highway interchange and introducing innovative health care programs.

View the complete ACCE 40 Under 40 list HERE.


Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC serves as a catalyst for promoting growth and quality of life in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties through bold leadership, visionary members and powerful results. The organization provides a unique blend of business, community/economic development and advocacy services under one roof to boost the economic vitality and livability across our region. The Chamber & CREDC has been accredited with five stars from the United States Chamber of Commerce—a distinction achieved by less than 2 percent of chambers across the nation.