South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

The unified voice of business

2014 Competitiveness Agenda

Infrastructure

South Carolina spends approximately $15,000 per mile annually on roads. While Georgia spends more than $35,000 and North Carolina spends more than $150,000 per mile. Together we’ll build the road to South Carolina’s success.

Workforce Development

South Carolina has a skills gap. 45% of jobs are middle-skilled jobs, requiring a certificate or associate’s degree, while only 29% of workers possess the necessary skills to fill these jobs. Investing in an educated workforce drives business and jobs

Comprehensive Tax Reform

Carolina businesses pay the highest industrial property tax rates and the 7th highest commercial tax rates in the nation. The Chamber supports a tax strategy designed for long-term prosperity for businesses and citizens.

Economic Development

South Carolina ranks in the Top 10 in numerous surveys rating business climates. However, our most direct competitors - North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia – all rank in the top 10 too. South Carolina must continue to advance major issues impacting the business climate. Together we can boost economic development by supporting and creating a competitive business environment.

Environment & Energy

Environmental regulations rank as a top 10 issue when deciding where a company will locate, according to Area Development’s Corporate Survey. The Chamber advocates sustainable, balanced solutions based on science.

Health Care

Health insurance premiums increased 138% between 1999 and 2010, outpacing wage growth of 42% over the same period. The Chamber is committed to finding a viable solution to healthcare cost for businesses and citizens.

Federal Issues

The number of the costliest rules has increased by more than 60% in just a decade, from 136 economically significant rules listed in the government’s regulatory agenda to 224 rules. White circle or sub-message: South Carolina must advocate for issues at the federal level to ensure the business climate prospers and creates jobs.

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“The South Carolina Chamber is truly the unified voice of business and does an excellent job keeping its members informed on the latest public policy changes and business news through its bi-monthly magazine, electronic newsletters, website and social media reach. At key times, the Chamber quickly notifies members with calls to action so the state's business leaders can speak with one voice.“

—Sara Fisher, Senior Executive Vice President/COO NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank.

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