Congratulations to POWER 10 client, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, on the successful public kickoff of the Partnership Grand Strand capital campaign. Campaign Co-Chairs Dr. Michael Benson (Coastal Carolina University) and Clay Brittain (Brittain Resorts and Hotels) announced to approximately 250 business and community leaders that the Chamber has already raised $1.615 million towards the $3 million campaign goal (54%) during the campaign’s “quiet phase.”


Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the Partnership Grand Strand initiative which addresses various community challenges and includes four interconnect pillars of success:


  • Prosperity: Diversity our economy and grow small business
  • Talent: Attract, develop, and retain talent
  • Place: Support revitalizing downtown and the oceanfront
  • Infrastructure: Scale up our transportation infrastructure


In addition to remarks by the Campaign Co-Chairs, Chamber Board Chair Alex Husner (Condo-World Resort Properties), and Chamber President and CEO Karen Riordan, North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) Executive Director Jeff McKay served as the guest speaker. Jeff provided highlights about economic development activity in NESA’s nine-county footprint. He also provided insights into top site selection factors, emphasizing the importance of initiatives like Partnership Grand Strand to ensure the Grand Strand area is primed for business attraction.


Campaign Counsel Maria Walden Sullivan, Senior Counsel Demming Bass and the rest of our team at POWER 10 are pleased to have worked with the aforementioned and other key Chamber leaders, and we look forward to a successful conclusion to the campaign in the coming months!


Recent coverage of the event:


“Myrtle Beach Chamber launches foundation aimed at accelerating local economy” WMBF News (local NBC affiliate)


“Myrtle Beach leaders fear over-reliance on tourism is dangerous. They want to change that.” The State


“Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce launches new initiative for city economy”  ABC 15 News