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CCU and NMB to sponsor regional sustainability forum

September 30, 2010

Coastal Carolina University and the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce will present a Regional Sustainability Forum from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Wall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum will feature national and regional speakers on the economy, social equity and the environment, focusing on ways to balance these elements to ensure global competitiveness.

Ted Abernathy Jr., CEcD, executive director of the Southern Growth Policy Board, will be the keynote speaker. The policy board is a 39-year-old public policy think tank that provides economic development research and advice for 13 Southern states and their respective governors. Abernathy formerly served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.

In addition to CCU and HGTC, participants include the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and other local chambers of commerce, the United Way, Waccamaw Community Foundation, elected officials, regional planning groups, regional transportation organizations, regional economic development interests, environmental groups and others.

This forum is our first big step in the regions quest toward developing and growing regional stewardship and creating a plan for regional sustainable development, said Marc Jordan, president and CEO of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Additional sponsors of the forum include the Conway Chamber of Commerce, Waccamaw Community Foundation, Brookgreen Gardens, Georgetown Hospital System, Georgetown County School District, Horry County Arts and Cultural Council, Horry County Government, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Little River Chamber of Commerce and the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.

To sign up for participation in the forum, go to For more information, contact Marissa Mitzner, sustainability coordinator at Coastal Carolina University, at 843-349-2389 or You may also contact Marc Jordan at 843-241-2108 or or 843-241-2108.