Anthropologist Margaret Mead stated, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Chambers of the 21st century are focused on economic and community development and the Beaufort Regional Chamber leads the charge in these two areas. The Chamber taps the power of its members to serves as the key driver on business initiatives in the Lowcountry region.
The Chamber works to strengthen and grow its two major economic engines, tourism and the military. Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands has serves as the backdrop of many major films and continues to seek out new film projects for the area. The Chamber also partners with a variety of organizations to attract and grow a more diverse business base.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber leads the way on workforce development, one of the most critical drivers of business success. The Chamber has four leadership programs focused on community commitment: Lowcountry Young Professionals, Leadership Beaufort, Senior Leadership Beaufort and the Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association.
In 2004, a group of community leaders introduced a conceptual framework, Together for Beaufort, a community indicators project that would allow all Alliance members to "hitch their wagon to one train" and pull together in the same direction. There were 16 objectives identified, from poverty to child care to water quality. Click below to read the interim report which outlines the progress made by nine work groups, or coalitions, from 2006-2009.
The purpose of this Together for Beaufort County Report is to provide our citizens with a snapshot of progress toward our goals for a better community.