Looking Back - 2010
The Chamber accomplished many important initiatives in 2010 including major equine initiatives, expansion of AYP (Aiken Young Professionals), introduced the “Shop Aiken” campaign, and launched the “Bright Futures” initiative whose goal was to showcase business and technology to the future workforce and to provide information on how to prepare for different careers.
The goal of all these programs and initiatives is to support the business community and attract and retain our young professionals.The Aiken Chamber supported the Aiken County School Bond Referendum because we understood that how a community supports education reflects it determination to provide a better future for everyone who lives here. We knew that business and industry are attracted to locations where good schools create a well-qualified workforce and a higher standard of living. Students in the 21 century need even more education to compete successfully for good, technology-based jobs. Because of our diverse population we knew that everyone – young professionals to retirees – benefits from an educated workforce. The voters did not agree; however, the Chamber has continued to support our public education’s needs. At the very least, the referendum heightened awareness of these needs. The Chamber continued to support education by endorsing the 2014 One Cent Tax for education and the results are visible. Now, there is another opportunity to support this continued effort to make Aiken County Schools the best and safest environment possible for educating our future citizens.