Government Relations 2019 Highlights

December 20, 2019

The holidays are a time to celebrate and to enjoy the company of family and friends. They also offer time for reflection on the past year and an opportunity to chart a course for the year ahead.

As your Chamber Government Relations team reflects on 2019, we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished working with member employers and partner organizations.

A few highlights from the year are:  

  • Released and implemented the Investment Opportunity Study that establishes a data-based platform for collaborative partnerships with local governments on shared priorities.  Thanks to all the local government representatives who have worked with us to identify and advance partnership opportunities. Thanks also to the Developers Council members for guiding our work throughout the year.
  • Successfully worked with Charleston County, SCDOT and the State Infrastructure Bank to clear milestones for the completion of the Mark Clark Expressway. Special thanks to Governor McMaster and Chairman Summey for their exemplary leadership in support of this critical infrastructure project.
  • Organized a successful Capitol Hill-Pentagon visit to advocate policies and investments that promote the retention and expansion of military operations and federal facilities in the tri-county region. Meetings with Senator Graham, Coast Guard Assistant Commandant RADM Michael Ryan and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein were highlights. Special thanks to Dorchester County Councilman David Chinnis, Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb and North Charleston Councilman Kenny Skipper for traveling with us to represent the region.
  • Co-sponsored the 2019’s only live televised City of Charleston Mayoral Forum in partnership with the College of Charleston Graduate School and ABC News 4.Thanks to the Chamber PAC Board for supporting this opportunity to engage candidates and inform voters.
  • Developed new public policy principles to guide work on Flooding, Sea Level Rise and Stormwater Management. Thanks to the Infrastructure Vision Committee for putting in the work to ensure the Chamber speaks with an informed voice on this important topic.
  • Deepened productive relationships with the City of Goose Creek and the City of Hanahan. Thanks to Mayor Habib, Mayor Rainwater and their tremendous teams for the collaboration – we look forward to even more in 2020.
  • Launched a new “Demystifying Government Relations” informational series designed to deepen members’ fluency on issues related to livability, mobility and a strong business climate. Thanks to the dozens of Champion Advocates who engaged with elected officials this year.
  • Facilitated a discussion session among Congressman Cunningham and our region’s top exporters to discuss the impacts tariffs have on their businesses and the region’s economic momentum. Check out the Chamber’s consolidated Federal Policy Agenda for more on trade priorities.

As we look forward to 2020, we will deepen our focus on the Chamber’s top issues: Livability, Mobility and Business Climate. We will continue to initiate, advocate and empower our region to advance a prosperous business environment.

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