Economic Development
Candidates share their vision for Chester County
Candidates running for public office graciously participated in the Chamber's Town Hall Meeting, held September 22nd at the Fort Lawn Community Center.  Moderator Lucas McFadden used questions submitted by Chamber members to drive the night's discussion. Jobs, taxes, county growth (industry, business, residential), law enforcement, and education were all topics covered--and all issues that will affect economic development.   

An extra special thanks to Libby Sweatt-Lambert and the Lewisville High School JROTC cadets for setting up the community center for the night.  
Congratulations and GOOD Job!

The United Way of Chester County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign this month and announced its 2016-2017 goal of $200,000.00.  Director Kristin Fairfaix also awarded the prestigious Pacesetter Trophy.  Chamber member Chemtrade Logistics (team pictured below) raised more than $200 per employee and took the annual award!  Chamber Partner TruVista Communications' employees were also recognized as they donated more than $14,000.00 to the United Way campaign.  To get the 2016-2017 drive started, the Springs Close Foundation generously donated $35,000.00 and the Chester Healthcare Foundation gave $2,500.00.  Wow!  Join these leaders in giving to United Way.  All money helps families and organizations in Chester County.  Contact Kristin for more information:
Welcome New Chamber Member

Horizons Christian Academy
729 Village Drive
Chester, South Carolina 29706
Horizons is a child care program which serves families of children age eight weeks through fifth grade. Horizons has three programs. The Infant and Toddler Program is year round. The Preschool Department offers the option of child care during the school year and in the summer if needed. The Extended Care Program serves children in kindergarten through fifth grade with the options of an after-school program and summer care.  Like them on Facebook to see more photos!
THANK YOU to our loyal members who renewed their Chamber memberships this week.  Your contributions keep us working for you!

State Farm--Chris Gaddy Insurance
R & I Repair Shop
The Poulos Law Firm
Bob & Mary Sweetman
Chester Development Association
Chester County

*Please support these businesses and organizations 
as they support our Chamber!
Announcements and Calendar Reminders
Chamber Scholarship Golf Tournament: 
October 13th.  
9:00 a.m. shotgun start!  

The Chester County School District's annual Career Expo will be held October 14th at The Gateway.  Any business (large, small, private, not-for-profit, etc.) is invited and encouraged to participate in this free event.  Seniors from the district's three high schools attend with one main goal in mind--to learn more about the companies in our area!  This expo is NOT a hiring/job fair.       To learn more about representing your company, click here!  Registration ends October 7th.

November 17th-  National Education Week Brunch @ Chester County School District Office with State of the District address by Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain.

Arts Council Schedule:
September 29, Youth Pottery Class: Pumpkin
September 29, Adult Pottery Class: Pumpkin
Jingle Bell Bazaar, November 19th at the War Memorial Building, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Duke Energy is partnering with to help South Carolina teachers develop projects that enhance childhood literacy and foster a growing interest in science and technology fields.   Through a $200,000 matching gift, the Duke Energy Foundation is teaming up with teachers to turn these classroom projects into a reality.   Here is how it works: Teachers in your district can submit proposals for projects related to literacy or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for up to $500 to, where the public can provide funding.
The Duke Energy Foundation will match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations made toward eligible STEM and literacy projects at k-12 public schools in the company's South Carolina service area, up to $250 per project. That means the $200,000 matching gift will truly have a $400,000 impact on students in the state.   Teachers can visit  to submit a project. Qualifying projects already posted to the site will automatically be eligible for Duke Energy's matching funds.   Parents and other members of the community can contribute to these projects through  and search projects by either school name or project category: STEM or literacy.   You and I both know our children are the future leaders of our communities, and it is imperative that we contribute to their success. I hope you will share this great news with the teachers, parents and fellow leaders.  Let's get as much money as we can for our region!  - Richard 'Rick' JiranVice President, Duke Energy - South Carolina
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