On this website you will find information about the Charleston region’s economic development initiative One Region: A Global Competitiveness Strategy. Our goal is to work collaboratively as a region to further enhance the economy through advancements in talent, infrastructure and other assets characteristic of a globally competitive metro. Investing in our community ensures that our economy is robust and sustainable for many years to come.

About the Strategy

The Charleston Regional Development Alliance and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce led the strategic planning process for One Region. Avalanche Consulting and McCallum Sweeney Consulting, the team who facilitated Opportunity Next in 2010, also facilitated One Region.

The strategic planning process was guided by an 80-member Advisory Group comprised of leaders from a diverse range of public sector, private sector, nonprofit, and educational organizations.

The strategic planning process took six months to complete and resulted in three in-depth reports:

A Competitive Assessment, which provides a detailed evaluation of the region’s competitive strengths and areas for improvement.

Identification of Target Industry Clusters and Competencies, which are the target audiences of economic development activities and community enhancements over the next five years.

A Strategic Action Plan, which provides a vision, goals, and detailed tactics for addressing critical community challenges, advancing target clusters and competencies, and coordinating activities so that we act as One Region to achieve our vision.

Charleston Regional Development Alliance
CRDA is a non‐profit, 501(c)(6) public/private economic development partnership representing the three‐county Charleston region. The organization serves as a catalyst for long-term regional prosperity by attracting the world’s best companies, talent and entrepreneurs. CRDA’s four strategic priorities are: 1) engaging top regional leaders in economic development; 2) marketing the region globally for business and talent; 3) facilitating the site selection process for companies considering our market for new investments; and 4) convening leaders around key economic competitiveness issues.

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
CMCC serves as the collective voice of the business community in the Charleston region. The Chamber is committed to strengthening the region’s economic prosperity for today’s and tomorrow’s businesses, individuals and their families. CMCC’s strategic priorities include: 1) talent and workforce development; 2) world-class public education from K thru 20; 3) legislative and lobbying in support of a thriving business environment; 4) public policy; 5) small business and entrepreneurial growth; and 6) economic resiliency.

Avalanche Consulting
Avalanche Consulting is the nation's premier economic development strategist. The firm is the best in the country at translating complex information into strategies for growth and communications platforms for communities. Avalanche is deeply driven to make a positive impact and seek clients who are equally inspired to energize their economies. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Avalanche was established in 2005 and has assisted more than 200 communities across the US and abroad. Following the completion of strategies, our clients have created a combined 260,000+ jobs.

McCallum Sweeney Consulting
MSC provides site selection and incentives negotiation services to leading companies worldwide. The firm brings experience, commitment, integrity, and leading-edge technology to our clients to help them make the best, and most informed, location decisions. MSC has performed location consulting services for many of the world's largest and best-known companies including: Boeing, Hertz, Michelin, Nissan, Alstom, BMW Group (joint venture with SGL Group), Northrop Grumman, and Mitsubishi.

Stay Engaged 

If you’re interested in following the progress of the One Region strategy, please check back for report updates. You can also Follow Us on Twitter or Like Us on Facebook:

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Pledge Your Support

Click here to download the form and email to Steve Warner to pledge your support.

Action Teams & Champions

Addressing the global dynamics identified in the One Region strategy requires a regional, collective response, working together across public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors.

Year One Priorities:

  • Affordability
  • Quality of Place
  • Talent
  • Global Fluency

Action Teams and Champions are forming to begin the work of implementing recommendations. To join the effort or stay informed on progress, contact the Champions below.

  • Affordability – a regional housing affordability coalition, focused on increasing attainability of housing for all residents.
         Champion: Champion: Michelle Mapp, SC Community Loan Fund
  • Quality of Place – focused on employer led efforts to mitigate traffic congestion and informing long-term, multimodal transportation system planning.
         Champions: Ron Mitchum, BCDCOG and Rick Day, Stantec
  • Talent/Education – focused on expanding and aligning education offerings with high impact clusters and improving outcomes.
         Champion: John Read, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative
  • Talent/Young Professionals – initiative to engage regional young professionals in the work of all action teams.
         Champions: Lauren Newman and Erica Wright, Charleston Young Professionals
  • Global Fluency – the goal of the Charleston Metro FDI Plan is to enhance the region’s ability to attract foreign direct investment and to maximize the overall economic & community impact of foreign companies and foreign nationals in the metro region.
         Champion: Jenna Edwards, Charleston Regional Development Alliance


Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Stephen C. Warner, Vice President, Global Marketing / Regional Competitiveness
4401 Belle Oaks Drive, Suite 420
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 767-9300

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Mary Graham, Chief Advancement Officer
4500 Leeds Avenue, Suite 100
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 577-2510