The Charleston region is home to Joint Base Charleston and more than 40 separate military commands representing all branches of the United States Armed Forces. There are 22,000 military personnel (active-duty, reserve, civilians). In total the military payroll has an annual economic impact of more than $11.1 billion and a total military-related community of approximately 80,000 when family members, retirees and dependents are including.
Strengthening the relationship between the community and military, working to support the military and their families and retaining and expanding the military and federal footprint in the region are top priorities of the Chamber.
The Charleston Metro Chamber’s commitment for the region’s military is further evidenced by the number of staff working to support military operations. In their positions as Civic Leaders and Honorary Commanders, the Chamber team maintains deep connections with Joint Base Charleston, working daily to further integrate our military personnel with businesses and communities throughout metro Charleston. They are:
Civic Leader Program
Local Area Programs
Civic Leader Program
U.S. Air Force 628 Air Base Wing
Military Policy Council
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Military Policy Council was formed in 2001, in preparation for BRAC 2005. The Council has continued to operate since that time, focusing on retention and expansion efforts.
The Purpose of the Military Policy Council is to develop and implement an overall strategy to expand military and federal facilities and operations in the Charleston region.
- Develop and implement an overall strategy for base/unit retention.
- Identify opportunities for expansion of existing facilities and identify possible new missions that could be realigned to Charleston.
- Develop and implement a communications strategy for communicating key messages about Charleston area installations to federal, state and local officials.
- Serve as the central point of contact in the region for military retention and expansion activities.
- Maintain strong relationships with area commanders and personnel at existing military facilities.
- Raise public awareness of military impact on economy
- Work through the S.C. Congressional Delegation, South Carolina Military Base Task Force and state and local officials to ensure retention and expansion of area military facilities.