2017 Competitiveness Agenda


There is tremendous excitement and anticipation with what 2017 will hold for business in South Carolina. Your State Chamber continues to fight for policies to make South Carolina the best place in the nation to live, work, and do business.

The Chamber Board developed the 2017 Competitiveness Agenda through information captured from our investor surveys, grassroots meetings in partnership with our local chambers, and dialogue with business leaders from around the state.  Though there are many other policy issues we take positions on and advocate for or against, the Competitiveness Agenda focuses on the top issues as determined by South Carolina businesses.  This year we believe those issues are: fill the workforce pipeline, finish the job on roads, and cut the red tape with business licensing.

Fill the Workforce Pipeline

South Carolina’s business community needs targeted strategies that will increase the number of people with the right skills in the talent pipeline:

  • Apprenticeship participation growth
  • Expansion of Career and Technology Education
  • 0% State income tax rate for military retirement benefits
  • Ex-offender workforce integration programs
  • Tuition support for non-credit bearing State Licensed or Industry Recognized credentials for critical needs jobs
  • Re-establishment of the Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council


Finish the Job on Roads

South Carolina’s business community has consistently called for sustainable, long-term funding to fix and maintain South Carolina’s roads and bridges.

  • Revenue options: remove the sales tax exemption on motor fuel; raise the sales tax exemption cap on vehicles; dedicate these funds directly to infrastructure


Cut the Red Tape on Business Licensing

South Carolina’s small business community needs a standardized business licensing process that makes it easier to do business across the state.

  • One form, one expiration date and the ability to file online through the Secretary of State



Ted Pitts, President and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber said, “For Palmetto State businesses to grow and prosper, we have to take steps to make our state's climate more business friendly and competitive.  Our state has become the ‘it’ state for jobs, and we need to develop the skilled workforce to fill them.  We need to finish the job for our state's businesses and citizens who need safe roads and bridges to travel and move products. Finally, our current business licensing system is one of the most business unfriendly policies that our small businesses have to deal with."