Advocating for one our region’s top economic drivers
Supporting our region’s military
Our region is home to Joint Base Charleston and more than 40 separate military commands with more than 13,000 uniformed service members representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. But did you know that more than 4,000 civilian federal employees are also critical to executing the missions at Joint Base Charleston? In fact, the military community generates 1 out of every 12 jobs in South Carolina. Strengthening the relationship between the community and military, working to support the military and their families and expanding the federal footprint in the region are top priorities of the Chamber.
- Association of Defense Communities The connection point for leaders from communities, states, the military and industry on community-military issues and installation management to enhance knowledge, information sharing and best practices.
- Charleston Defense Contractors Association Raising awareness of the defense industry cluster within the Charleston business community.
- Palmetto Military Support Group Works to make the Charleston region our nation’s single most supportive community of its extended military family.
- South Carolina Military Base Task Force Enhances the value of military installations and facilities as well as the quality of life for military personnel in South Carolina.
Did You Know?
The Military has a $24.1 billion total statewide economic impact, which is 8.4% of economy, and a $10.8 billion impact on the Charleston region.
Charleston Metro Chamber Welcomes Executive Fellow of Military Affairs
To identify and enhance our region’s military retention and expansion efforts, the Charleston Metro Chamber is pleased to announce Jason Bateman as Executive Fellow of Military Affairs. In his role, Bateman will study the regional ecosystem of how military personnel and spouses access employment opportunities throughout the region. He will also investigate opportunities to position the Charleston metro as a top choice for retiring military members throughout the Defense Department system.
State Lobbying Priorities
George Ramsey, our Senior Director of Legislative Relations, will take our Legislative Agenda to the State House and collaborate with local and state elected officials to make positive movements forward in our Legislative Priorities.
Legislative Priority Topics include:
- Talent, Education and Workforce
- Military Retention and Expansion
- Criminal Justice Reform
- State Fiscal Health
- Economic Development