Untitled-2Today your Chamber is at The Statehouse in Columbia, talking with our State Legislators and advocating for issues our business community told us are important to them from beach renourishment at Hunting Island to military friendly legislation and state-wide comprehensive roads and infrastructure reform.  Please (click here) for the Chamber’s 2016 Legislative Agenda.

As you know, roads and infrastructure will continue to be a hot topic this legislative session with the roads debate starting today in the Senate.  Last Wednesday, The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously recommended Senate confirmation of DOT Secretary Christy Hall, and approved a resolution (S.315) to permanently allow the governor to appoint the transportation secretary. The committee also took up a bill to change the way the DOT Commission is appointed, which would allow the governor to pick nine commissioners from around the state instead of having legislators appoint one member from each of the state’s seven congressional districts, plus an at-large pick from the governor. The bill was carried over and refereed back to Subcommittee.  In her State of the DOT, Secretary Hall graded day to day maintenance as a D and expressed concerns of congestion impacting our economic competitiveness. We can’t afford to let this happen and your Chamber will continue to fight for safer roads.

This past week, we were thrilled to host the Parris Island Band and more than 150 people at the 2016 State of the Bases Breakfast, where we heard updates from leaders at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Parris Island, Naval Hospital Beaufort and the South Carolina Military Base Task Force.  We were also proud to present the Military Family of the Quarter to HM2 Oyekade Dada and his family, for their service to our country and this community.

Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful week!

All the best,



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