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U.S. Chambers of Commerce, any building housing a local chamber office.
Expanded Description:
The idea of a national institution to represent the unified interests of U.S. business first took shape when President William Howard Taft, in a message to Congress on December 7, 1911, addressed the need for a "central organization in touch with associations and chambers of commerce throughout the country and able to keep purely American interests in a closer touch with different phases of commercial affairs."

Four months later, on April 12, 1912, President Taft's vision became a reality when a group of 700 delegates from various commercial and trade organizations came together to create a unified body of business interest that today is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In 1925, construction on the Chamber headquarters was completed on property that had belonged to Daniel Webster, and the U.S. business community made it a rallying point for promoting and defending free enterprise and individual opportunity.

More than 90 years later, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

The U.S. Chamber and the legacy of Daniel Webster share more than just the hallowed ground that is now 1615 H Street Northwest. This venerable institution and this statesman's spirit share an unwavering commitment to democracy, individual opportunity, and free enterprise. They are forever bonded by the words of Webster, which were inscribed in stone in the original Chamber building:

"Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered." -- Daniel Webster, June 17, 1825, Speech Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Charlestown, Massachusetts
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce website
Instructions for Posting a Chambers of Commerce Waymark:
Name: The Waymark name should be the Chamber name followed by the two letter abbreviation of the state it is located in. Examples are:

Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce - NY
Anaheim Chamber of Commerce - CA

Coordinates: Coordinates should be obtained from your personal GPS readings. These should be taken from the main entrance to the building. If this is impossible for any reason, please state this in your description.

Photographs: At least two photographs -- a view showing the entire building (if possible), or major portion thereof. This should be your default picture for your waymark. The second photo should be of the Chamber of Commerce sign.
- Your GPSr should not appear in either photograph when posting a waymark.
- You are encouraged to provide additional photos for the gallery, but this is not required.

Description: Include as much information about the local Chamber of Commerce you are waymarking as you can (its history, significance of its name, memorials, etc.) whatever is applicable. Focus on what is unique and reflects the local culture.

Please DO NOT simply copy a Wikipedia article or other source material for your description. We're trying to get information on the chamber, but we're also trying to find out why you think it's special.

Variables: Complete address is required. Please fill out all other variables as best you can. Some of this information may be able to be obtained at the US Chamber of Commerce Website.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Post one photo from your visit that includes either a GPSr and/or the waymarker along with the building or office. Please also tell us about your visit.
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