Your Chamber’s Government Relations team works every day to build relationships with elected officials, address our region’s critical issues and advocate for a healthy business climate.
Here’s a peek at some of what our team is up to:
Ian Scott, Senior Vice President of Government Relations
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Tracking refinement of the Summerville Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) – The UDO is an overhaul of the town’s zoning and development ordinances, designed to establish transparent regulations with appropriate design criteria. A comprehensive draft was introduced early this year and has gone through 21 council workshops – Ian is tracking the refinement of this ordinance and progress made.
Scott Barhight, Director of Public Policy Analysis
New stormwater standards in City of Charleston – With help from a consulting firm and input from community stakeholders, the City of Charleston is working on an update to the stormwater and drainage manual. These regulatory standards, last updated in 2015, impact the design and cost of every residential and commercial development in the city. Scott is working on assembling engineering professionals to help evaluate the drafted updates.
George Ramsey, Senior Director of Legislative Government Relations
2020 Legislative Agenda – The 2020 legislative session will be beginning before we know it, and George will be hard at work finalizing the Chamber’s legislative priorities. To ensure that we’re capturing the interest of our members, he’ll be busy meeting with elected leaders, peer chambers, business associations and volunteer leaders.
Regional partnerships with Joint Base Charleston – He’ll also be exploring potential partnerships between Joint Base Charleston and local governments. At a recent DC Fly-In with the Chamber’s Military Policy Council, the Secretary of the Air Force expressed a critical need for these partnerships, which could potentially limit duplicative services and lower costs for one of our region’s top economic drivers.
Erica Wright, Senior Director of Regional Government Relations
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Partnering with Dorchester County on Glenn McConnell Parkway Extension – Finding and securing funding for this project was identified as a partnership priority between the Chamber and Dorchester County through the Investment Opportunity Study. This project will provide Summerville residents an alternative to I-26 by extending the Parkway from Bees Ferry Road to U.S. 17A west of Summerville. Erica will be tracking partnership and funding opportunities.
Much of the work that our team does requires a group effort. The Chamber PAC will interview candidates for local elected office in Mount Pleasant, Summerville, Charleston and North Charleston this year, and Erica, Ian and Scott are working together to prep for candidate screening. Candidate filing period is now open and the PAC is eager to learn their perspective on issues like transit, infrastructure funding and attainable housing.