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Berkeley County Becomes First Certified Connected County in the Lowcountry

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 26, 2015 in Announcements , News , Press Releases
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Berkeley County receives Connected community certification, releases Technology Action Plan

Berkeley County, SC – Today, Connect South Carolina, joined by Berkeley County Community Partners, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, and Home Telecom, announced Berkeley County’s certified Connected community status and released its Technology Action Plan. It is the first county in the Lowcountry and the eighth certified Connected community in South Carolina.

Screen Shot“One of the goals in completing this assessment has been to identify areas of the county where the digital divide still exists,” shared Donna Worden, community champion and Director of the Berkeley County Library System. “As we undertake the projects in the county’s recommended Technology Action Plan, community partners will join together to extend broadband throughout the county and increase access to digital literacy resources.”

Berkeley County has been working with Connect South Carolina since February 2013 on the Connected Community Engagement Program. This initiative assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies connectivity gaps, and establishes technology-driven goals and objectives to increase broadband access, adoption, and use for families, organizations, and businesses throughout the community.

“Broadband is no longer a luxury, it is essential in our daily lives,” said FCC Commissioner and Charleston native Mignon Clyburn. “Broadband is a gateway through which many Lowcountry residents and businesses obtain critical information, find jobs, stay connected with teachers and healthcare providers, and keep up-to-date with family members and friends. We all benefit when everyone is connected.” Commissioner Clyburn shared her remarks on a video that can be seen HERE.

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St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease Site Commemorates Tricentennial

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 9, 2015 in Community Events , News , Press Releases
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—JUNE 8, 2015—The ground-breaking ceremony for the St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease Historical Site is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2015, marking the 300th anniversary of a pivotal battle fought there.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with introductory comments by Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler. Diane Turner, President of the CSS David Chapter #2656, United Daughters of the Confederacy will speak. Guests will hear speakers detailing the history of the Yemassee War and its significance to the historical site, as well as the history of the cemetery since the Yemassee War.

Jack Lynes will dedicate the site, followed by a ceremonial ground-breaking under Mayor Heitzler’s direction.  Self-guided tours will be available until 2 p.m. Refreshments and Chapel of Ease merchandise will be available for sale. The public is invited to this free event, which will take place at Avanti Lane, off Old Highway 52 in Moncks Corner, SC. Look for the banner and the split rail fence.

Contact Justin Lynes, 803.500.1371, or visit www.chapelofease.org for more information. Tax-deductible donations assist in grave restoration and battle site preservation; mail to St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease, P.O. Box 1156, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. A percentage of any Amazon sale, made through the chapel website, goes directly to the nonprofit at no cost to the buyer.

Inspiring Semifinalists Highlight College and Career Readiness across the United States

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 11, 2015 in News , Press Releases
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Students, High Schools, Community Colleges and Businesses 

IOWA CITY, Iowa—The goal of college and career readiness for all has bright prospects based on the semifinalists in ACT’s third National College and Career Readiness Campaign. This annual program honors a distinguished group of students, schools and employers for exemplifying what is being done in states across the country to improve individuals’ prospects for success.

“Each of the semifinalists represent the truest form of commitment to the importance of college and career readiness,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president for policy, advocacy and government relations. “State leaders should be very proud of the students, high schools, community colleges and employers they’ve identified. They all have overcome challenges and made important strides to improve academic achievement and professional advancement across their states.”

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Volvo Cars Selects South Carolina for its First American Factory

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 11, 2015 in Announcements , News , Press Releases
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(ROCKLEIGH, NJ – May 11, 2015) Volvo Cars has chosen Berkeley County, South Carolina as the location of its first American factory, investing up to $500 Million in a facility with a capacity to initially produce up to 100,000 cars per year.

The Berkeley County factory, located outside of Charleston, will make latest generation Volvo models for sale in the United States and for export. Construction will begin in early autumn 2015, with the first vehicles expected to roll off the assembly line in 2018.

Once completed, Volvo Cars will be able to manufacture vehicles on three continents, underscoring its position as a truly global car maker. It already operates two plants in Europe and two in China. The new US plant forms part of an ambitious medium term expansion plan to double global sales, boost market share and lift profitability.

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Trident Technical College Offers A New Series Of Workshops On The Black History Of South Carolina

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 29, 2015 in Education , News , Press Releases
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Trident Technical CollegeApril 28, 2015… Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce a new series of workshops to be offered from May 13-June 17, 2015 focusing on the Black History of South Carolina. Topics covered span the American Revolution time period through the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights era into present day. All classes meet on the Main Campus of Trident Technical College at 7000 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston and cost $25 per student. Students who enroll by May 7 in all courses in the Black History of South Carolina series will receive their last class free. To register, call 843.574.6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce.

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St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease Offers “Taxing” Day

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 8, 2015 in News , Press Releases
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Historical Site Seeks Volunteers April 15 to Install Split Rail Fence

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—APRIL 15, 2015—While many local residents will spend a taxing day April 15 splitting hairs on their income tax returns, some volunteers in Berkeley County will spend a taxing day splitting rails.

Preparation is underway at the St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease historical site for the 300th Commemoration of a significant but underpublicized battle between hostile Indians and Captain George Chicken, who commanded a volunteer militia of European and black men as well as Indians. Committee members are looking for volunteers to help erect a split rail fence around the property. All equipment will be provided. Work will begin at 11 a.m. and will end no later than 5 p.m.

The committee chose a split rail fence to mark the property’s boundaries because this type of fence was commonly used throughout early South Carolina history. The fence will be laid out in a zigzag pattern with split rails stacked four high. Volunteers are needed to stack the rails and to help with clearing trash and debris.

Please contact Justin Lynes, 803.500.1371 for more information. Donations are welcomed to help preserve the battle site and restore graves. Donations may be made online at www.chapelofease.org or mailed to St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease, P.O. Box 1156, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. Donations are tax-deductible. The Chapel of Ease also receives a percentage of Amazon sales that are made through the chapel website at no cost to the buyer.

Berkeley County Chamber Announces 2015 Board of Directors and the Release of First Phase of Study

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 6, 2015 in News , Press Releases
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(Berkeley County, SC) – The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce 2015 Board of Directors under the leadership of President, Giff Daughtridge; is partnering with Market Street Services, a national community and economic development consulting firm, to launch a Community and Economic Development Strategy process.  “Now is the time for Berkeley County community leaders to proceed with a strategic plan to help it progress into a holistic area to live, work, and grow”, Daughtridge stated.

The first phase, which now is released on the Chamber’s website, provides a detailed examination of Berkeley County’s competitiveness as a place to live, work, visit, and do business. The Assessment provides a clear analysis of both advantages and challenges that the county faces on a day-to-day basis. Market Street will analyze indicators to assess the community’s competitiveness across a wide variety of areas. The Assessment answers key questions about the county’s people, its quality of place, and its economic structure in the context of issues that affect long-term prosperity for businesses and residents.

“We believe that we need to have a clear understanding of Berkeley County and this initial information is critical to the overall goal of having a clear vision and plan for Berkeley County, SC” said Elaine Morgan, CEO of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

The 2015 Board Members are:  Giff Daughtridge, Vice President & General Manager, Nucor; Dwayne Cartwright, President & CEO, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc; Brandon L. Cox, President & CEO, Threat Management Group;  Andrew P. Dennis, Partner, Nexsen Pruet, LLC; Michael Lockliear, Owner, Moncks Corner Dry Cleaners; Dennis Gregory, Plant Manager, Century Aluminum – Mt. Holly; Ervette Broadnax, Plant Manager, DuPont; Derek Mathis, Director of Industrial Development, MeadWestvaco; Steve Wichmann, Executive Vice President, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union; Marc Fetten, President/CEO, Cooper River Partners; Kevin Housand, President, Central True Value; Brenda Myers, Administrator, Roper Hospital-Berkeley; Sam Bennett, Manager of Economic Development, Santee Cooper; and Dot Gatlin, Senior Vice President & Market Executive, First Citizens.

The Chamber will continue to provide updates throughout the process, however, if any one has any questions, please contact the Chamber Office.

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About Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business and tourism in Berkeley County. Progressive industries; world renowned natural beauty; historical landmarks; lakes and rivers; and vibrant recreation mixed with shopping and locations which have been the back drop for major motion pictures all make Berkeley County a center for “the good life”. For general and business information, visit www.berkeleysc.org; for tourism and vacation information, visit www.visitberkeleycounty.com.

Administrative Professionals Day Conference

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 23, 2015 in Community Events , Education , News , Opportunities , Press Releases
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Trident Technical CollegeProgram Announced For 2015 Administrative Professionals Day Conference At Trident Technical College

Feb. 23, 2015…Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce the program lineup for the 21st Annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference. The 2015 conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The College Center on the Main Campus of Trident Technical College in North Charleston. Registration fees range from $109-$149 per person.

This one-day event features guest speakers from the community and faculty from Trident Technical College in addition to a fashion show courtesy of Sissy’s Closet and a gourmet lunch catered by Duvall Catering and Event Design. D’Jaris Whipper-Lewis will deliver the National Anthem as part of the opening of the conference. A continental breakfast is also provided.
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Teen Summer Job Expo March 14th 2015

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 23, 2015 in Community Events , Education , News , Opportunities , Press Releases
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White House Drug Policy Office Awards $125,000 to Local Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Berkeley County, South Carolina

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 2, 2015 in News , Press Releases
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Grants Support Administration Efforts to Emphasize Public Health Approaches to Drug Policy, Reduce Demand for Drugs through Education

(Washington D.C.) – Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the Office National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 680 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $84 million, to communities across the country. The grants will provide local communities funding to prevent youth substance use and support the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy, which treats our Nation’s drug problem through a balanced public health and safety approach. The Berkeley County Prevention Board from Berkeley County, South Carolina was one of the grant recipients and will receive $625,000 over five years in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth.
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