More than 70 local business leaders have returned from the 2016 Metro Leadership Visit that took place in Seattle, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce reported.
Over the course of the two-day trip, Charleston business representatives discussed the challenges that Seattle faces in commerce and how the city and the companies that have a presence there address them. The aim of the trip was to help Charleston deal with those issues. Issues that were discussed included transportation infrastructure and the development of technology and aerospace industries, among other items.
“One of the biggest, immediate lessons we can learn is not to take commerce for granted,” Chief Advancement Officer Mary Graham said. “We have so many issues in common with Seattle, and while we are different in size, we must remember that the success we have now has to be managed regionally in order to secure a successful future.”
Companies that are located in the city include Microsoft, Boeing and the Northwest Seaport Alliance.
Chamber Board Chairman Scott Woods encouraged participants to share their experiences and information in Charleston.
“Help us continue to speak with regional business and elected leaders of the powerful knowledge we gleaned on collaboration, innovation and business culture,” Woods said.