Chamber Chat | April 17

Advocacy
The S.C. House passed a $427 million infrastructure plan on Wednesday. This plan will reduce the state’s 16.75-cents per gallon gasoline tax by six cents and reinstates the 6 percent state sales tax on wholesale gasoline. It also increases the sales tax cap on vehicles from $300 to $500. The House plan enables the governor to appoint the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission and provides a funding mechanism to return some roads to counties. The legislation also provides $50 million in income tax relief.

This week, after many discussions with the Chamber on the City of Columbia’s water and sewer system and its desperate need of repair, Mayor Steve Benjamin’s motion to the City Council was passed. The Chamber, and the Mayor, aim to ensure fiscal responsibility on behalf of our tax payers. Check out the press release for more detailed information.

Partnership
This week the Columbia Chamber held its quarterly Partner Orientation meeting. This meeting is a time to come learn all that the Chamber has to offer and to network with new and existing partners.

Community
The Columbia Chamber and the Midlands Education and Business Alliance hosted Education Rocks! This event recognized the Teachers of the Year from 11 School Districts around the region. Over 400 came out to support the Teachers and thank them for all they do to teach tomorrow’s workforce.

In addition, Leadership Columbia and COR joined forced with other professional development groups to host Time for Art. An annual art auction where the currency is volunteer hours rather than money. This year, Time for Art raised 3,169 hours valued at more than $65,000 in economic impact.

113th Annual Gala
Nominations are now open for the Military Advocate, Small & Minority Business Advocate and the Young Professional of the Year. This awards will be giving out at the 13th Annual Gala, set for September 24.  Apply now!

Leadership
Leadership Columbia Class of 2015 will hold the kick-off event for its Shared Streets project on Saturday, April 18, in partnership with Pawmetto Lifeline’s Bark to the Park event at Finlay Park. The class will unveil their hard work starting with an educational presentation on their mobile app, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lincoln Street Tunnel to showcase their streetscaping work.

Applications for Leadership Columbia’s 2015-2016 Class are available online.

COR
On Saturday, May 2, COR will partner with Special Olympics of SC to host Olympic Town during the Special Olympics Summer Games at Fort Jackson.  Volunteers will man booths such as bobbing for apples, face painting, video gaming stations, and so much more!  Register today to volunteer for a worthy cause!

Save the Date:

4/23 Coffee Connections | 5/4 Small Business Week | 5/5 Chamber Issues Forum | 5/7 Golf Tournament | 5/12 LCAA 18th Annual Leadership Summit

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