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 if 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?

Am I going to help or hinder this progress?

Let's commit to helping the Charleston region move forward. Let’s commit to building 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 their children — 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, age, or economic status, there is opportunity and prosperity for all.

Who's behind Stand For Progress?

Stand for Progress aims to build community consensus while supporting and coordinating 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 the Charleston region move forward through fact-driven dialogue, community collaboration, and organized action.

Trident CEO Council Members

Marc Marchant, Chairman


Leonard Hutchison, III, Treasurer

First National Bank

John Darby, Assistant Secretary

The Beach Company

J. Rhett Reidenbach, Assistant Secretary

The Reveer Group

Michael Scarafile

Carolina One

Thomas Anderson

South State Bank

Becky Atkinson


Reid Banks

Banks Construction Company

Dan Battista


Cindy Brams

Elliott Davis

Matt Brewer

Choate Construction Company

Bobby R. Creech, Jr.

WebsterRogers LLP

Elias Deeb

CMMC Navy Yard Charleston

John Fortson


Kevin Frank


David L. Hamilton III

Huntington Bank

Mac Hodgson

The GEL Group

Tim Kennedy

Trident Construction Company, Inc.

George Morrison

Burr & Forman LLP

Jimmy Staton

Santee Cooper

Johnson Stevens

Stevens Towing

Ric Tapp

Maynard Nexsen

Dan Thompson

O.L. Thompson Construction Co.

Stuart Whiteside


Jeff Wilson

Trident Health

Jonathan 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.


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 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.