MIDSTATEMore than 75 people gathered February 7 for the MIDSTATE Chambers Coalition Legislators Luncheon to hear an overview of the organization's 2012 legislative initiatives, including issues impacting the Midstate region.
Legislative members from 11 counties across the Midstate attended the event to hear from chamber presidents on key issues - nuclear industry workforce development, military base support, transportation infrastructure, creating a business friendly region and port expansion.
The MIDSTATE Chambers Coalition represents 19 chambers of commerce in the midsection of South Carolina. It serves as a unified body to promote issues important to the growth and development of communities in the Midstate region, which is represented by one-fourth of the state House of Representatives and one-third of the state Senate.
The Coalition represents the following in its region:
1.3 million South Carolinians
workforce of 520,000
more than 70,000 students enrolled in 19 colleges and universities
361 public and private schools
3 major military installations
8 full service hospitals with 2,500 beds
at least 100 major employers
75 international companies
more than 100 corporate headquarters
Members of the MIDSTATE Chambers Coalition are not precluded from working on policy initiatives with other entities and chambers outside of the coalition.