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Leaders Team Up to Create Economic Development Partnership with Boeing
Published:
7/2/2014 9:08:48 PM


(l-r) Jessica Jackson, Wendell Gilliard, Dawn Albright, Kwadjo Campbell, Kelly Halliwell, Seth Whipper, and Mark Elam
 
By Kwadjo Campbell


State Representatives Wendell Gilliard and Seth Whipper held a meeting with Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship (GCC) division to discuss a Community Economic Development (CED) Partnership focused on targeting the low to moderate- income communities in the Charleston Metro Area. Boeing’s GCC partners with their business units to implement functions like Global Diversity, Environment Health and Safety, Ethics, Government Operations and Human Resources to integrate our corporate citizenship profile.

“Our goal is to engage Boeing and other responsible corporate citizen’s in establishing a blueprint for the creation of full and part time permanent jobs for low to moderate income residents, expanding the community's tax base, and giving residents more control over their lives through living wage employment, and ownership of businesses. We will only accomplish this through collaborative efforts designed to link our constituents with apprenticeships, tourism development, and diversity in procurement opportunities,” says State Rep. Gilliard.

Kwadjo Campbell of JC & Associates presented a plan to Boeing that involved the creation of Boeing Apprenticeships/ Internships targeting low to moderate- income community, support of the development of the African- American niche of the South Carolina Tourism Industry, and promoting Diversity in Procurement Opportunities.

Apprenticeship is no longer just limited to traditional trades. It is a viable workforce development tool in a wide variety of occupations. Boeing officials informed the group of its efforts in developing a program for local high school students similar to the one the have piloted at Stall High School. Members of the group stressed the importance of exposing students from West Ashley High, Burke High, Stall High, and North Charleston High School for these opportunities. Boeing officials responded with both a pledge to equity and to engaging the Representatives in the formation of the community outreach efforts.

The meeting ended with a commitment for a series of follow up meetings to discuss the progress of the CED agenda. State Rep. Whipper summed up the meeting with the following, “We came with a plan of action, and was met with a very positive response. I think Boeing understands what Corporate Citizenship really means, and I look forward to them being a leader in the inspiring of other companies in the region to do likewise.”

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