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Charleston Young Professionals’ Visioning Forum Draws Regional Business and Civic Leaders

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WRITTEN BY lclark 3 years ago
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November 19, 2015

Charleston, S.C. –

A recent event hosted by Charleston Young Professionals (CYP), a division of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, attracted regional business and civic leaders to discuss possible solutions for managing growth.

The event titled, Visioning Forum: Growing Pains, held at the Charleston Convention Center on November 6, 2015 attracted 100 young professionals, business leaders and public servants. The event was part of CYP’s increased focus on community leadership and the desire to involve more young professionals in growth management discussions. It was the third event this year focused on growth management.

The Visioning Forum included a keynote speaker, a panel discussion and group breakout sessions to develop possible solutions. Keynote speaker Thom Penney, President and CEO of LS3P architectural firm, presented information on the history and cultural aspects of urban and suburban lifestyles, citing stark differences between generations of yesterday and today on lifestyle preferences. Of specific importance is the need of millennials to live in walkable communities that are close to where they work; critical in the race for talent. “With the Charleston region growing at double the national growth rate, it is important to retain the workforce talent we need, and to ensure they have attractive places to live”, said Penney.

A panel discussion moderated by Michelle Mapp, SC Community Loan Fund provided input on growth management from public and private sector leaders. Panelists were:

Patrice Heyward, Berkeley Electric Cooperative
Lauren Newman, Carolina One Real Estate
Mark Smith, Councilman, Town of Mount Pleasant
Mike Seekings, Councilman, City of Charleston

Jeff Fort, Grambling Brothers Real Estate & Development and Tradd Rodenberg, Wells Fargo and current CYP Chairman also spoke at the event. Breakout sessions were facilitated by Patrick Bryant, Go To Team and member of Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.

“Our region’s young professionals are engaged in their communities and want to be involved in growth-related discussions and decisions, especially those related to density and infrastructure”, said Erica Wright, Director of Charleston Young Professionals. “The private and public sector leaders at our event showed the importance of collaborative discussions amongst all generations of today’s workforce”.

Members of CYP will learn outcomes from the recent growth programs at the annual CYP kick-off event on January 13, 2016 titled “Roadmap 2016; Charting Our Region’s Future”.


About Charleston Young Professionals:

Founded in 1996 by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Young Professionals is primary resource for emerging talent by providing  professional development, connection and regional educational opportunities to a membership of more than 1100 young professional representing numerous industries within the Charleston region. Visit

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