Economic Resiliency and Recovery Plan

One Region Roadmap is an economic recovery and resiliency plan for the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester (SC) region. The plan is a partnership between the regional Council of Governments (BCDCOG), Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA). SB Friedman led the plan development, which required robust data analysis, community outreach, and strategic planning with stakeholders throughout the region.  

The Charleston region leveraged an Economic Development Administration grant to develop an economic recovery and resiliency strategy jointly sponsored by BCDCOG, CRDA, and the Chamber. The strategy involved extensive engagement to understand the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses and families, assessment of potential strategies for recovery, and consideration of ongoing economic shocks that could continue to impact the economy such as automation of jobs. Ultimately, the economic resiliency plan identified key strategies for each of eight regional dynamics to help the region recover from both COVID-19 and future economic disruptions.

The development of One Region Roadmap included a substantial amount of engagement. SB Friedman led multiple rounds of focus groups, prepared a community survey, a virtual public meeting, and 1:1 interviews with implementation partners.

Results: The final plan is anticipated to be released in the summer of 2022. Additional detail on the initiative can be found at: https://oneregionstrategy.com/.