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One Region Executive Committee to Lead and Support Charleston Re-Opening

In response to a March 2020 request by the City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, whose request is also supported by the Mayors of North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, and Goose Creek, Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the One Region Executive Committee hereby resolves to study the status of the COVID-19 crisis, analyze the re-opening of the Charleston Regional Economy and endeavor to expeditiously provide appropriate information and guidance to the governments and businesses of the Region in support of the re-opening of the Charleston Regional Economy.

Visit MUSC’s Monitor & Respond Dashboard

Plans & Guidelines

Phase 1 Plan

Food & Beverage
Small Business
La Pequeña Empresa

One Region is grateful for our business, healthcare, nonprofit, and government partners assistance in developing the One Region Ready strategy.

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
Cantey Tech Consulting
Charleston Trident Association of Realtors
Coastal Community Foundation
College of Charleston

Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce
Home Telecom
The InterTech Group
Lowcountry Land Trust
Lowcountry Local First
Nelson Mullins

South Carolina Community Loan Fund
Thomas & Hutton
Trident United Way
Urban Land Institute
Wells Fargo


Launched in May 2016, One Region is a values-based strategy to build global competitiveness, prosperity and inclusion across our three-county region. Recently, elected officials approached One Region leadership and asked them to lead the creation and coordination of One Region Ready. One Region will lead the effort to coordinate stakeholders to ensure that local expertise is leveraged to create a safe, pragmatic plan to reopen our economy.

One Region Ready is the name of the strategy that will provide guidelines to business owners on how and when they can safely reopen their businesses. Informed by expertise from the business community, healthcare industry, and area nonprofit and government leaders, One Region Ready is a science-based approach to restoring our local economy in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

One Region is working closely with the Governor’s office to ensure that One Region Ready provides complementary details to the Governor’s plan. We want to give businesses and the general public confidence to know that we will have a locally tailored plan to meet the needs of the citizens and businesses of Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties, while adhering state guidelines and recommendations.

No. One Region Ready is being co-written with experts from MUSC, Roper St. Francis and the Trident Health System. Our citizens’ safety is our top concern and number one priority as we look to reopen locally and safely.

No. The guidelines are meant to be resources for business owners and managers to keep staff, guests, vendors and others safe as they reopen their business.

One Region Ready is working closely with the state’s reopening task force, accelerateSC, and business, medical and non-profit professionals to determine the order in which industry guidelines are released.

One Region Ready is in the process of establishing a self-certification process by which business owners can verify that they are following reopening guidelines. The pledge on the One Region Ready website will allow the business owner to confirm their organization’s adherence to the reopening guidelines and enter the business’s information which will be published in a publicly accessible database. Once complete, the business will be provided a certificate and signage to be displayed on their website, social media platforms and physical premises.

Yes. Distributing the guidelines helps other business owners become aware of important steps and practices that can be followed to keep staff, guests and vendors safe, Additionally, widespread acceptance of the guidelines helps increase consumer confidence in our area’s businesses.

Organizations should follow the One Region Ready guidelines, advice from the WHO, CDC, accelerateSC and SCDHEC until medical professionals determine it is safe to conduct business operations without additional safety protocols.

Yes. The One Region Ready guidelines are intended to be a baseline of safety protocols to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Any additional SCDHEC or CDC-approved measures that business owners choose to implement are helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The Medical University of South Carolina has established a resource for business owners if they need highly detailed or specific reopening plans for their organization. Please contact for more information.