It's a breakthrough moment for the tri-county region. After decades of determined effort, we stand uniquely positioned for the next 100 years. It's not a question of whether the Charleston region will grow, but how we grow.

Whether our growth is a source of shared strength, opportunity, and prosperity — or a source of conflict, division, and inequality — relies on each of us answering one simple question.



Am I going to help or hinder this progress?

Right now, let's commit ourselves to helping the Charleston region move forward — to build opportunity and prosperity for all. The path won't be fast or easy. We won't always agree on how to get there. But every step we take, we will take together, because opportunity is what unites us. At the end of the day, the Charleston region we want for our children — and theirs — is a place where good jobs and strong communities are plentiful. A place where cooperation and compromise work for the greater good. A place where nature is preserved and enjoyed. A place inspired by the simple belief that regardless of race, religion, young or old, rich or poor, there is opportunity and prosperity — for us all.

Who's behind Stand For Progress?

Stand For Progress is a collaborative initiative created to share facts about the issues most important to shaping the Charleston region and its citizens' futures, build community consensus and support, and coordinate action that drives opportunity and prosperity for all. Led by The Trident CEO Council — a group of private sector business leaders representing more than 10,000 employees, Stand For Progress is committed to helping move the Charleston region forward through fact-driven dialogue, community collaboration and organized action.

Trident CEO Council Members

Leonard Hutchison, III, Chairman

First National Bank


Bill Medich, Secretary/Treasurer

South State Bank


John Darby, Assistant Secretary

The Beach Company


Richard A. "Rick" Day, Assistant Secretary

Stantec


Marc Marchant, Assistant Secretary

LS3P


Becky Atkinson

GreenGas


Reid Banks

Banks Construction Company



Dan Battista

Lowe


Jennifer C. Blumenthal

Burr & Forman LLP


Mark Bonsall

Santee Cooper


Bobby R. Creech, Jr.

WebsterRogers LLP


Robert D. Fairey

Trident Construction Company, Inc.



John Fortson

Ingevity


Kevin Frank

AstenJohnson


Mike Fuller

Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc


Todd Gallati

Trident Health


Timothy A. Grow

Elliott Davis


David L. Hamilton III

Truist


John Harvey

INEOS


Mac Hodgson

The GEL Group


Carl Kolts

Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.


J. Rhett Reidenbach

The Reveer Group


Michael Scarafile

Carolina One


Johnson Stevens

Stevens Towing


Ric Tapp

Nexsen Pruet


O.L. Thompson

O.L. Thompson Construction Co.


Chris Van Metre

Advanced Technology International


Stuart Whiteside

SeamonWhiteside


Anita Zucker

The InterTech Group




Tom Leonard - Executive Director


The regional issues we stand for

Learn more about the critical issues shaping our region's growth through fact-driven dialogue and resources, and join the movement to stand for progress.

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.