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People First

Tomorrow's outcomes depend on our actions today. Through the People First movement, the Chamber will develop long-range economic mobility and quality of life solutions to ensure a vibrant region with a healthy and prosperous workforce paired with unmatched livability.


People First Will Drive Workforce and Livability Solutions Through:

• Partnerships that Put People First: We will collaborate with strategic partners in the region to amplify efforts and drive results.
• Metric-Based Outcomes: Milestones and key performance indicators will monitor progress, and outcomes will be published on our regional scorecard.
• Critical Policy Change to Shape the Future: We will pursue and advocate for policy changes required to achieve identified goals.

Together, Lets Shape Our Community's Legacy

A Visionary Approach
The Chamber is looking forward and thinking big.

The Chamber will serve as the catalytic leader to empower positive, future-focused change. People First is a collaborative, community-focused and data-led movement developed through visioning sessions with community leaders. Together, we will generate viable outcomes to ensure everyone in our region has the opportunity to thrive.

How We Got Here

Visioning Sessions

The Chamber engaged 55 community leaders from the non-profit, business and public sectors to explore what’s possible through 2040. These leaders invested over 700 hours imagining the future of the Charleston region, and identifying and prioritizing the pillars we must focus on to make our region and our people resilient and prosperous. These leaders are committed to leaving our region a better place for our children and grandchildren.

The Chamber
Alongside the People First pillars, the Chamber will continue our efforts focused on cultivating regional leaders, advocating for a healthy business climate, creating economic mobility opportunities, supporting our region’s military and building talent pipelines for high-demand sectors.
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