The panelists of the Chamber 2030 session looked out over the next 12 years, envisioning what the Charleston metro will look like in 2030. We explored what that will mean to businesses, employees and general citizens; for instance, new employment centers, density pattern changes and new infrastructure. Marc Marchant, of LS3P ASSOCIATES, was one of the three panelists, along with Alan Bolduc of Avison Young and Jay Byars, Chairman of Dorchester County Council.
1. Density – The Chamber and the business community will continue to do a better job of promoting smart growth principles and practices, and the positive benefits of density. As one member said, “Density is not a four-letter word. It’s a seven-letter word. Awesome is a seven-letter word, so let’s put density and awesome together.”
2. Advocacy – As growth continues, advocacy efforts will need to be heightened to address evolving concerns. “Government leaders need to learn about how things should be done versus how things have always been done,” a Chamber member mentioned. Our region accounts for 40% of South Carolina’s revenue, yet we are not getting 40% of needed state dollars.
» Orienting towards the future, the Chamber is aligning its work platforms, member engagement opportunities, staff skills and competencies, and annual business priorities to address the needs of a globally competitive and rapidly scaling metropolitan area. The Chamber’s yearly business priorities plan is directly influenced by the Charleston region’s five-year regional competitiveness strategy, One Region.
» This summer the Chamber will work with the primary employers and members of the Housing Attainability Task Force to demonstrate the needs of heightened density and more feasible housing options.
» The Chamber’s 2018 Metro Leadership Visit will accelerate our housing attainability public relations effort by visiting Raleigh, NC. We will explore what we can adapt to address like challenges in greater Charleston.
» The Chamber will work to create a connection between housing, infrastructure and land use to allow smart growth and density.
» We will continue to grow our talent pipeline through partnerships with school systems and will be updating our talent demand study every two years.
» With the goal being to continue to enhance our three-county region’s economy, the Chamber will work alongside One Region and our regional partners to increase awareness and elevate the strategy.