Charleston Leaders Breakfast

This morning, The Beach Company members attended Charleston Leaders Breakfast to hear a mid-year update from our area mayors. Our company is a proud sponsor of the Leaders Breakfast Series. Over 150 leaders attended the breakfast, which was a sold-out event.

The panel included City of North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey, Town of Mt. Pleasant Mayor Linda Page, Town of Summerville Mayor Wiley Johnson, and City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, (Pro-Tempore, Michael S. Seekings, Charleston City Councilman – Stand In).

The moderator, Thomas Heath of The Life Guidance Center, invited updates on the community and development initiatives from the panel and questions from the floor.

The group discussed the relationship between accessible housing, density, taxes and traffic. The need for accessible housing is growing as a result of the continuing population increase and the workforce needed to power the booming tourism in downtown Charleston. Mayor Summey pointed out that multifamily housing generates tax revenue to support schools whereas single family home owners do not. Mike Seekings described the positive impact more housing density in the city could have on traffic issues. There are 48,000 residents employed in Charleston’s hospitality industry as of June, 2017. 60% of hospitality workers commute from outside of peninsula due to the high cost of housing.

Charleston Leaders is committed to developing and connecting professionals in the Charleston Metro area. The Leaders Breakfast Series informs leaders and encourages them to take action on initiatives important to the successful future of our region. We are pleased to support this mission.

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