Regional advocacy underscores trip to nation's capital

Business, civic, education, and government leaders will travel to Washington, DC May 21 to provide valuable input on critical issues that affect the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area), a region of more than a half million people. 

The annual trip, which includes meetings and informal discussions with elected officials and key department heads and decision makers, is a collaborative initiative of four area chambers, including the Aiken Chamber, North Augusta Chamber, Augusta Metro Chamber and Columbia County Chamber. 

The Aiken contingency will be led by Chamber Chair Dr. Deidre Martin, University of South Carolina Aiken.  “The CSRA Leadership trip is an important aspect of the Chamber's program of work as we advocate for business and economic development in this region,” Dr. Martin said.
“In these challenging times, we can't be passive or complacent about our future. As we represent our region in our nation’s capital, we put a face to the critical issues that require the support and leadership of our elected officials. The CSRA Leadership trip is also an important opportunity for our Aiken group to network with other leaders in this region in order to build strong working relationships that will benefit the economies on both sides of the Savannah River," she said.

 “Members of Congress and agency heads find it impressive that our economic region includes two states.  We find common ground on important issues that affect the half million citizens of our region,” said J. David Jameson, president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.

The Aiken contingency of the CSRA Leadership group includes:

• Bart Blackwell – B & S Machine Tool, Inc.
• Dean Campbell – Savannah River Remediation
• Reggie Ebner – Aiken City Council
• Teresa Haas – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
• J. David Jameson – Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce
• Dr. Sandra Jordan – University of South Carolina Aiken
• Clay Killian – Aiken County
• Dr. Deidre Martin – University of South Carolina Aiken
• Rick McLeod – SRS Community Reuse Organization
• John McMichael – Hutson-Etherredge Companies
• Chuck Munns - Retired
• Richard Pearce – City of Aiken
• Will Williams – Economic Development Partnership
• Dr. Susan Winsor – Aiken Technical College

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