June 2024: Advocacy Updates

Posted By: Jordan Amaker Advocacy Updates, Community, General News,

Local Level 

  • Worth celebrating: The Lowcountry Rapid Transit (LCRT) project recently received a $1.2 million grant from the FTA to advance TOD planning by focusing on the implementation of affordable housing strategies in the project corridor. This grant moves LCRT into Phase 3 of its TOD study. Learn more.

  • Worth reading: Employers buying property to house their Charleston workers. It's a twist on the housing crisis. - via The Post and Courier, May 22  

  • Worth attending: Charleston County is looking to complete its Climate Action Plan and invites residents and business owners to give feedback during public comment at an upcoming meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at 4045 Bridge View Dr. in North Charleston. Read more about the plan. 

  • City of Charleston updates: 

    • So fresh! The City has updated its Business License web page – and you'll find it to be more streamlined and user-friendly (including editable-PDFs). Hooray! If you run into any issues with the process, whether obtaining a new or renewing your license, let us know! 

    • Playback: Did you miss the recent WeShopSC webinar? You can view it here and learn about this statewide e-commerce opportunity. 

    • Shake up: The City has announced new internal structures and 4 key “sections,” including Community Services; Facilities and Capital Projects; Planning, Permitting and Engineering; and Public Works. Via Post and Courier: “Dan Riccio, who has been with the city for 37 years, will lead the Community Services section. This section includes most of the outward resident-facing departments: Livability and Tourism; Recreation; Economic and Neighborhood Services; and Offices of Cultural Affairs, and Children, Youth and Families. ...Cogswell said no existing programs or staff were cut to pay for the changes.” 

  • Town of Summerville:  

    • Coming soon: The Town will soon launch a new website for its Economic Development initiatives. You'll be able to quickly find workforce and commercial real estate resources, GIS and demographic data, tools to help you start a business and more. 

    • Share your voice: Revitalize Summerville, a Virtual Community Meeting on Brownfield Grants to help clean up old industrial sites and make them safe for redevelopment: Tues, June 18, 6 pm 

    • Tune in: Did you know the Town has a podcast? Tune into “Town Talk” to get to know the Town’s happenings, business spotlights, candidate interviews and more. 

State Level  

  • Worth your Vote: Depending where you live in SC, you could be voting on June 11 for your next State Senator, Solicitor, Sheriff and more. This state primary deep dive is being shared via TogetherSC, with permission. Get out and Vote on June 11! Learn more at scvotes.org or Be the Ones.  

Federal Level