Your Chamber was at The Statehouse in Columbia last week, talking with our State Legislators and advocating for issues you told us are important to you and your business. Issues from beach recovery at Hunting Island to state-wide comprehensive roads and infrastructure reform were discussed with members of the General Assembly. Please click here for the Chamber’s 2017 Legislative Agenda.

Roads and infrastructure reform will continue to be a hot topic this legislative session. House Majority Leader Gary Simrill (R-York) and other House leaders introduced H.3516, a comprehensive infrastructure funding package this week. The legislation was referred to the House Ways & Means Committee and we will continue to keep you up-to-date.

SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism reported to us details on recovery plans for Hunting Island after Hurricane Matthew’s destruction. Hunting Island, a five thousand acre barrier island, is an unbelievable part of why we are “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.” SCPRT recommends focusing on beach access, utilizing damaged areas to construct picnic sites and increasing parking for public beach access.

Your Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for our Board of Directors and we need your help. If you know a business leader that would be a good candidate for the board (self-nominations are allowed), please send their name to me at Blakely@BeaufortSC.org.

We hope to see you at our annual State of the Bases breakfast meeting next Wednesday, February 1 at 8:00 a.m. at the Beaufort Holiday Inn. The Chamber is proud to produce this event as an opportunity for our membership, citizens and military community of the Beaufort region to receive a briefing on the state of our three military installations- Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, and the Naval Hospital. Please click here to register.
All The Best,

Blakely Williams

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