Lowcountry charter signing signals renewed collaboration between military, businesses, community


Joint Base Charleston Commander Col. Terrence Adams holds the newly signed charter for the Lowcountry Defense Community Partnership Council.   Photo courtesy of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Members of the newly formed Lowcountry Defense Community Partnership Council, which aims to support servicemen and servicewomen by strengthening the collaboration of local businesses and community organizations throughout the Charleston region with the military, signed the group's official charter last month at Joint Base Charleston.

The parties represented in the charter include Joint Base Charleston, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, North Charleston, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Charleston County, Berkeley County, Mount Pleasant, Dorchester County, Charleston County School District, Charleston, Trident Technical College, Palmetto Military Support Group, Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments, Charleston County Aviation Authority, College of Charleston, The Citadel and Charleston Southern University.

“I think after 9/11 we kind of raised up our gate for reasons everyone understands, but what that did is it kind of broke the relationships between the base and the community,” Col. Terrence Adams, Commander of Joint Base Charleston, said in a press release, adding that the new charter signing is an opportunity to “bring people back together” and get them “more exposed to the base.”

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