The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce has received national accreditation, the organization announced Nov. 2.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded the local organization three-star accreditation. The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Chamber said the move recognizes sound policies, effective organizational procedures and a positive impact on the community.

Roughly 230 of the nation’s 7,000 chambers are accredited, according to the national organization.

Angelo Damante, founder of Mercedes-Benz of Escondido and the local chamber’s chairman, called the move an honor. “For us, accreditation validates the accomplishments we have made over the past two years,” Damante said, in a statement.

The San Diego North Chamber, based in Rancho Bernardo, represents more than 850 businesses and 150,000 employees.

— Brad Graves