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    Economic Development (Pennie Bingham, Sr. VP, Bus Development; Chas Metro Chamber)

    Date: August 20, 2013, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Embassy Suites, N.Charleston Convention Center

    $20 Member, $25 Non-Members (One Meeting Only)
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    Pennie Bingham, has been an executive with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce since 2004.  She is currently the Senior Vice President of Business Advancement.  In this role, she is responsible for creating a business climate that advances the growth of business in the Charleston tri-county region.  This includes developing programs and providing resources that facilitate entrepreneurship, minority and small business development, business expansion and retention, talent development, innovation and the growth of global trade.

    Prior to these positions, she was a Market Research Analyst and Information Central Manager for Ryder Truck Rental in Miami, Florida; Village Administrator/Treasurer for the Village of Huntington Bay in New York; and CEO of Arbordale Associates (a consulting firm specializing in business and marketing strategy development and deployment) in New York and South Carolina.

    Ms. Bingham currently serves on various councils and boards.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida International University, is a graduate of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Charleston Program and Furman University’s Diversity Leadership Institute. In addition, she holds certification from the South Carolina Economic Developer’s Institute and the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM).


    Economic Development

    With the continual change of the working environment, Human Resource Professionals are concerned about meeting manpower needs of the workforce.  What are our workforce challenges and the forecast for 2013?  Ms. Bingham is going to have an interactive discussion with attendees regarding the 2013 climate and beyond.  The following will be discussed:

    • Significant Milestones in 2012
    • Rankings and Recognitions
    • Population Trends
    • Employment by Sector
    • Economic Development – Target Tactics
    • Port of Charleston
    • Visitor Industry
    • Joint Base Charleston’
    • Economic Forecast – 2013 and beyond

    Labor Force and Employment

    Residential Home Sales and Building Permits

    Retail Trade

    Port Container Activity

    Airport Passengers

    Revenue per Room Night

    • Challenges:  Talent, Infrastructure, Managing Growth and Defense Cuts
    • Pivotal Time in Charleston’s History