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Metro Leadership Visit

2016 Metro Leadership Visit: Seattle, Washington

seattleskyline Charleston’s economic evolution has positioned our region as a global competitor alongside major metros – one of which is Seattle. Though much larger, Seattle boasts similar economic assets, including aerospace, port and transportation logistics, an exploding tech sector and many of the challenges Charleston faces, including managing growth as well as attracting and retaining young professionals. We invite you to take part in the 2016 Metro Leadership Visit – a two-day immersion into Seattle’s development and the challenges and differences of operating on the West Coast versus the East Coast. Through the visit, our region’s leaders have the opportunity to learn from and improve upon Seattle’s progress, by allowing innovative techniques to be applied in Charleston. The visit will feature tours with Boeing, Microsoft and the Port of Tacoma to explore the newly formed Northwest Seaport Alliance – the only one like it in the country. Date: June 22 - 23 Destination: Seattle, Washington 2015_04_07-learn_more_black_icon Attendees:
Cheryl BakerGreater Fowler Hospitality
Rita BerrySummerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce
Eric BowmanTeamphoria
Melissa BrittonTeamphoria
Patrick Bryant Bidr
Adrian CainCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Willis CanteyCantey Technology
Elizabeth Colbert BuschClemson
Larry CollettnetGALAXY Studios
Bobby CollinsPURE
Bryan and Gail DerreberryCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Carter DeupreeHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA
Erin DhandSC Ports Authority
GP DiminichSmith Moore Leatherwood
Kathryn DiminichElliott Davis Decosimo LLC
Steve DudashThomas & Hutton
Peter FennellyColliers International
Mike FerrerRock Creek Real Estate Advisors
Archie FranchiniBerkeley County School District
Chris FraserAvison Young
Patrick GarnerTotal Comfort Solutions
Mr. & Mrs. Willy Geary The Boeing Company
David GinnCharleston Regional Development Alliance
Alex GlasgowCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Mary GrahamCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Joe GrechSouth Carolina Federal Credit Union
Melonie Hammond-TraceElliott Davis Decosimo
Dustin HaynesHeritage Trust Federal Credit Union
Connie HessHilton Worldwide
Jairy and Sissy HunterCharleston Southern University
Ron JonesNexsen Pruet, LLC
Mark LattanzioSunTrust Bank
Nise LowellHeritage Trust Federal Credit Union
Marc MarchantLS3P Associates LTD.
Chappy McKayTrident Construction
Kyra and Rob MorrisMorris Financial Concepts
Jennifer MurraySouth State Bank
Caroline O'NealMedical University of South Carolina
Michael RenaultFirst Citizens
Emily ReynoldsHeritage Trust Federal Credit Union
Tiffany RitchieMorris Financial Concepts
John RizzoGlobe on Demand
Jessica and Peter SageCharleston Rigging and Marine
Geoff and Diane Schuler
Meredith SiemensSouth Carolina Federal Credit Union
Melissa Stowasser Trident Technical College
Sean TraceyCharleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Laura VarnSantee Cooper
James WardScientific Research Corporation
Steve WengerDuvall Events
Melvin WilliamsS&ME
Jeff WinklerThe InterTech Group
Scott Woods South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Kai YehMedPro Systems
TBDCharleston Branch Pilots Association
TBDRoper St. Francis Healthcare
TBDRoper St. Francis Healthcare

About Metro Leadership Visit

Each year, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce conducts the Metro Leadership Visit, in which a delegation of local leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors travel to other communities to garner insight on best practices and program ideas.
Innovative ideas introduced during the visit may then be adapted and implemented in the Charleston Region. Past visits include Nashville, TN; San Antonio, TX; and Indianapolis, Indiana. The Chamber’s Metro Leadership Visit seeks to accomplish two things:
  1. Provide an exclusive experience to deepen bonds between the dynamic regional leaders who play a significant role in shaping the Charleston region.
  2. Enhance our region’s future performance by embracing actions we can import. We’ll use these lessons to advance the Chamber’s key priorities.

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