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Celebrating the Roads Warriors
This week, regional leaders gathered for the Chamber’s State Delegation Appreciation event to thank our state legislators for their heavy lifting this session. Advocates readers know infrastructure funding has long been the Chamber’s top state priority. We honored all delegation members who voted for the Roads Bill with an official Charleston Metro Chamber “Road Warriors” safety vest and traffic cone to celebrate the victory.
Seeing our delegation members standing together – Republicans and Democrats, representing urban, suburban and rural areas from across our region – was a powerful reminder that no hurdle is too high with enough focus and determination. Passing the Roads Bill this year required lawmakers to set aside differences and grit through compromise. They earned the Road Warriors distinction through hard work and the Charleston Metro Chamber offered encouragement every step of the way.
Thank You Rep. Whipper
At the State Delegation Appreciation event, we also recognized Representative Seth Whipper who resigned after 22 years of service in the legislature to come back home and continue his service as a magistrate. During his service representing Charleston and Dorchester Counties, Rep. Whipper demonstrated leadership in efforts to improve our education system, fund infrastructure and advocate for business community priorities. He will be greatly missed in Columbia.
West Area Partnership
Also this week, Metro Chamber West partnered with the West Ashley James Island Business Association (WAJIBA) to host a luncheon discussion with Chamber business advocacy staff. On the docket was a recap of this year’s legislative session, including a detailed timeline of the Roads Bill and conversation on how businesses in the west part of the region can feed local issues through the Metro Chamber West Steering Council. Not surprisingly, traffic mitigation, specifically completion of the Mark Clark Expressway (already a top Chamber priority), was elevated as a primary concern.