The Trident CEO Council has reaffirmed its commitment to regional progress with the launch of a new initiative -- "Stand for Progress" -- that's designed to engage local, state and federal government officials on issues that will move the region forward.
Led by Executive Director Tom Leonard, the Trident CEO Council is a group of more than 20 area CEOs who are dedicated to using fact-driven dialogue and resources to stimulate improvements on a number of issues affecting Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties, including job growth, education, clean energy and public transportation.
“The Trident CEO Council, this group of CEOs, believes in four basic tenets – we advocate quality economic development, we want to accelerate the infrastructure improvements in our area, we actively support work force development and education, and we want to enhance the quality of life in our region,” Leonard said.
The "Stand for Progress" initiative is particularly focused on issues such as deepening the Port of Charleston, expanding natural gas and improving the region's infrastructure.
“We support natural gas expansion because of the potential to be energy-independent,” Leonard said. “The more natural gas we get into the area, the lower the energy prices will go. As energy prices get lower, economic development improves as well. We also have world-class companies moving here, so now the biggest issue on our plate is improved infrastructure. We hope to get the governor to come to a meeting to discuss ways that we can move forward.”