This is a year for the history books! Our beautiful Beaufort has many extraordinary accomplishments to celebrate, and much of it’s due to the leadership and diligence of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Beaufort. The Chamber has successfully promoted and recruited the economic development of Harris Pillow Supply, eviCore, and Geismar resulting in the creation of 494 jobs and $6.3 million dollars of direct investment into Beaufort County. The Port of Port Royal sold to Van Cleve Enterprises. The sale and redevelopment of the Port of Port Royal remains a top priority of the Chamber’s this year, and we are delighted that we are one step closer to seeing this happen. And, Southern Living named Beaufort, SC “the Best Small Town in the South,” an accolade which brings us all great pride.
     It has truly been my honor to serve as your Board Chair. Special thanks to my fellow board members for their continued guidance, volunteerism and advocacy. In addition, I’d like to recognize the Chamber leadership and staff for going above and beyond every single day in service to the membership and the entire community. We have all benefited from this hard work and dedication.
     What’s stood out to me most this year is how fortunate I am to call Beaufort “home.” And please know that each of you plays a part. For home is more than just a place, it’s a combination of people and businesses like you. Maybe you’ve been in business here for 50 years. Maybe you just held your grand opening. Regardless, it’s this unique balance of preservation and innovation, of old and new, that makes Beaufort so special.
     Membership is the heart of this organization. Whether it’s through our efforts in tourism, business advocacy, military enhancement, or education and workforce, serving our members is our number one priority. After all, you are the ones who help Beaufort become home to all, whether they’re here for a day, week, or lifetime.
     Please join me in celebrating Beaufort – its people, places and businesses – our home sweet home.
   All the best,
   Leigh Copeland
   2016-2017 Board Chair
   Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce

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