Chamber Issues Committee Meeting Agenda| August 6

Palmetto Room, Chamber of Commerce, 930 Richland Street, Columbia, 29202
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
8:00-9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions | Lee Bussell
Columbia Cares | Cameron Runyan, City of Columbia Councilman

Columbia Cares: The Community’s Plan for Moving Towards the Goal” is the six point plan for addressing Columbia’s Downtown Homeless Issue.

Note:  Due to the time table for appearing on the City Council’s agenda, we ask that you review the Columbia Cares proposal (attached) and after discussion, be prepared to take a vote on the Chamber’s position regarding the plan prior to adjournment of the meeting.

General Discussion (if time allows):

  • Updates on:
    •  Bull Street Development
    •  Business Friendly Task Force
    •  Transportation Penny

Next Meeting: Tues, September 4, 2013 at 8 AM

On behalf of the Chamber and the Issues Committee, our heartfelt appreciation to David Beaty for his role as Chairman for 2012.  We look forward to your continued participation and support as we welcome Ted Creech as our incoming Chairman for 2013.  The success of our Chamber is dependent upon the participation of our members and their leadership.  Thank you all for your support.


Councilman Cameron Runyan
At Large
Term: 07/01/2012 – 12/31/2015
Phone: 545-4401

City Councilman Cameron Runyan and his wife, Jenni, live in Columbia’s Elmwood Park with their daughters, Leisel and Ella Grace. He earned his master’s degree from USC and his bachelor degree from Furman.

Cameron is a financial advisor on Main Street in downtown Columbia.  He is a member of the Finance, Audit and Budget Committee, the Environment and Infrastructure Committee and serves as chairman for the Arts and Historic Preservation Committee.  Councilman Runyan is also the chair of CPAC, a board member of the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board and a member of the City Center Partnership’s Long Range Planning Committee.

Cameron has a stirring passion for America, South Carolina and our capital city of Columbia.  He believes that with strong, honest, ethical leadership, our greatest days are ahead of us.  His model for elected leadership is the 19th century statesman William Wilberforce who, while successfully fighting for the reformation of manners and the abolition of slavery, stated, “We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible… So we will do them anyway.”

The Runyan family worships at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia.


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