By Jennifer Prince
Bubba Collins, board chair for the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau, announced to the board of directors at their August meeting, that Rick Elliott had accepted the campaign chairman’s role, for the “Building North Myrtle Beach” Initiative. The five-year, $2.5 million dollar Sustainable Growth and Prosperity Initiative, was officially announced on June 23, at the annual Chairman’s Luncheon.
In making the announcement, Collins stated, “Rick Elliott’s agreement to accept this critically important leadership position speaks volumes on the business leadership’s acceptance and approval of the need for this historic growth initiative for our community.”
In accepting the role, Elliott, owner of Elliott Realty, commented “As a lifelong resident and business owner in North Myrtle Beach, I am honored to be asked to serve in this position and am enthusiastic about the five-year initiative’s strategic goals to: Grow our visitor and destination market; Diversify our local economy and employment base; and Equip the chamber to better function and be the focal point for growth and development and state-of-the-art business resource center. I see Building North Myrtle Beach as a unifying force for both the private and public sectors of North Myrtle Beach and a historic opportunity for us to take our community to a higher plateau as a premier destination and growth center while providing a better quality of life for our residents.”
Marc Jordan, president and CEO, commented that the next step for the campaign is the naming by Elliott of the Evaluations Committee, which will be comprised of community and business leaders for the purpose of identifying and evaluating individuals and businesses as potential campaign investors. This will be completed during the first two weeks of September. The campaign is expected to take four additional months to complete.
So far, eleven charter investors have pledged approximately $1.4 million dollars towards the $2.5 million dollar campaign goal.
For a copy of the “Building North Myrtle Beach” Initiative, including the campaign’s budget summary, visit www.NorthMyrtleBeachChamber.com/BuildingNorthMyrtleBeach.