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Oct 15 2009

Building sustainable communities

Provided by: Charleston Chamber of Commerce

The Charleston Metro Chamber’s Developers Council presents its Annual Growth Forum focusing on building sustainable communities and issues of sustained and balanced growth in our region, Tuesday, October 20, 2009, from 2 – 5pm at the Charleston Marriott.

The City of Charleston’s Green Committee (CGC) has involved hundreds of people on a variety of issues including land use, transportation and building design. CGC members will give an in-depth update on plans they are advising the City of Charleston in the creation of a local action plan for climate protection and sustainability. The recommendations will be presented to the City Council in late October and all will have some impact on development and construction in the City of Charleston, whether they lead to new building and zoning requirements or new permitting processes.

Speakers include:

James Meadors, Chairman, City Green Committee; Dennis Knight, Liollio Architecture, Chairman, Buildings Sub-committee; Elizabeth Hagood, Chairman, Land Use and Planning; Jennifer Humphreys, Wilbur Smith Associates, Chairman, Transportation Sub-committee; Renee Patey, member, Recycling and Waste Management Sub-committee; and Jenny Bloom, Chairman, Education Sub-committee

Kurt Taylor, Charleston County Deputy Administrator, will provide an update on a number of major road projects that are either underway or about to begin, and that are being funded through Charleston County’s half cent sales tax program, which was passed in 2004 to fund road improvements, public transportation and greenspace plans.

The Growth Forum will also discuss the re-launch of the Chamber’s Sustainable Growth Ethic by the Chamber’s Regional Advancement Division. In 2004, the Developers Council developed a Growth Ethic which the Chamber’s Board of Directors unanimously adopted. Learn about this new effort and how to get involved.

The Developers Council Growth Forum will be held Tuesday, October 20, from 2 – 5pm at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Blvd. Reception to follow. The cost is $60 non-member, $45 Chamber member. To register visit www.charlestonchamber.net.

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