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Community Initiatives

Our community-based initiatives are embedded in the Grand Strand and reflect the goals and values of our neighborhoods. Working with chamber investors, public officials and local residents, our collective impact is incredibly broad. Get to know our rich community.

Arts and Innovation District

Work is underway to create a new Arts and Innovation District in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The area includes Main Street, Broadway Street, Oak Street and Ninth Avenue North. Buildings along Ninth Avenue North may be the first to redevelop, with plans already underway for a co-work and events space. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber supports economic development efforts that encourage entrepreneurs to locate in these new districts.

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Arts and Innovation District

Downtown Master Plan


Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones are a community development program established by Congress as a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. They are designed to encourage long-term private investments in low-income communities. This program provides a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who reinvest unrealized capital gains into "Opportunity Funds," which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called "Opportunity Zones."

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Myrtle Beach Opportunity Zones

Grand Strand Opportunity Zones


Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, coercion, or deception for the purpose of exploitation. The chamber is joining forces with other chambers, law enforcement, and local agencies to combat the problem through community engagement that’s focused on prevention, protection and prosecution.

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South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force

Eastern Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking


Health and Wellness

A healthy workforce leads to a productive workforce. We’re focused on the entire health care landscape, with special attention to quality, cost and access to care.

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Health Care in Myrtle Beach


2020 Census

Your response matters. Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.

Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.

It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

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2020 Census

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Sponsorship provides our investors the opportunity for recognition and publicity. For some events, sponsorship will also include tickets to the event, the opportunity to speak to attendees or to distribute promotional items. Check out the Investment and Sponsorship Program and stretch your marketing budget. 

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February 12, 2020

Freedom Readers Named February Nonprofit of the Month

A simple mission to help kids read better led Tracy Bailey to launch Freedom Readers in 2010. It started with just two sites and 40 scholars and students. Today, Freedom Readers serves 20 sites with about 230 children.

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January 8, 2020

Call for Annual Meeting Award Nominations

You can't win if you don’t enter! This is your chance to honor standout individuals and businesses. The deadline for this year's annual meeting business and individual awards is March 13. Nominate your business and staff today! Mark your calendar for the April 28 celebration.