What is One Region?

One Region serves as a roadmap for our community now and into the future. It is a values-based, global competitiveness strategy for the three-county Charleston region.

Launched in 2016 and informed by a diverse range of public, private, nonprofit, and educational leaders, the strategy calls for thinking and acting as a unified region in order to become a globally competitive place where all people and businesses flourish.

Being globally competitive requires that we invest in our region, as much as we promote to the outside world. With a strong economy and tremendous momentum, it is essential to address the challenges that come with fast-paced job creation and ensure they do not derail future economic opportunities for all. The strategy places Charleston on track to accomplish the vision of being a truly global community, embodying the attributes of the world’s most compelling places.

Strategic Planning Process

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

– Competitive Assessment: provides a detailed evaluation of the region’s competitive strengths and areas for improvement

– Target Industry Clusters and Competencies: identifies the target audiences of economic development activities and community enhancements for the next five years

– Strategic Action Plan: provides a vision, goals, and detailed tactics for addressing critical community challenges, advancing target clusters and competencies, and coordinating activities so we act as One Region to achieve the community’s vision

Visit The Strategy page to download an executive summary.

One Region is made possible by generous investments from:

2019 One Region Executive Committee:

Chairman: Hank Taylor, Dorchester County Economic Development

Amy Barrett, Urban Land Institute

Willis Cantey, Cantey Technology

Ashley Demosthenes, Lowcountry Land Trust

Steve Dudash, Thomas & Hutton

Kerri Forrest, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Darrin Goss, Coastal Community Foundation

John Hagerty, Nelson Mullins

Will Helmly, Home Telecom

Helen Hill, Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Anna Lewin, South Carolina Community Loan Fund

Wil Riley, Charleston Trident Association of Realtors

Jeff Spicer, Wells Fargo

Kendra Stewart, College of Charleston