Responsible Government

When our region recruits corporate, industrial and new business relocations, local government may be viewed in one of two ways: to help, or impede progress.

One issue we should address is the lack of uniformity with how local governments are structured and their willingness to collaborate with neighboring leaders. Here in South Carolina, towns and municipalities operate under three forms: Mayor-Council (a Strong Mayor system), Council (a Weak Mayor system) and Council-Manager (a hired administrator who works at the discretion of Council). Charleston and North Charleston utilize the Strong Mayor system, an option that has produced unprecedented growth and success in both areas for the past decades. Strong mayors generally earn higher salaries, despite the fact that other forms of government require full-time hours. The mayor's position is full-time work in any growing, dynamic town. We support compensation aligned to match intense requirements of the office and believe that approach will draw the most qualified candidates, not just the usual lineup of politicians. A good mayor can run any city for a few days. It takes an outstanding, well-compensated CEO to run a dynamic, prosperous city for years at a time.

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Additional Resources

Mayor Study Report

07/01/2009

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Letter to State Senators and Reps on Confederate Flag

06/24/2015

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Letter to Mayor Riley

11/09/2015

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Regional Issues

Collaboration

Competition makes us faster.
Collaboration makes us better.

Improved Infrastructure

If we are to move forward, we must be able to MOVE.

Quality Job Growth

Local jobs are created by our city's healthy rhythm.

Our Port

South Carolina's economic engine would not exist without the Port of Charleston.

Education

Education is the heart of our community.

Responsible Government

Collaborating, helpful local government.

Clean Energy

Clean energy is shaping the way we think about our region...and the way the world thinks about us.

Density vs. Sprawl

Cities are solutions.

Our Military

Patriotism begins at home.

Our Land and Water

"Conservation is the state of harmony between men and land."

Our Tourism

A world class destination...and we call her "home."

Public Transit

New thinking needed for public transit.

Workforce Housing

Live, Work, Play should be available to everyone.