Strategic Partners & Affiliations

No matter where you live in the U.S., there is a common challenge that communities are facing today, JOBS. This is a challenge that is are especially critical in Horry County and the Myrtle Beach region. With a county wide unemployment rate at approximately 6%, there are many people in our community are looking for work. In addition to the existing workforce, we graduate thousands of young men and women each year from our public school system, Coastal Carolina University, and Horry Georgetown Technical College. We invest in these young men and women and too often see them leave our community for places of “better opportunity.” It is incumbent on our leadership to create jobs and opportunities right here on the Grand Strand, and it takes an aggressive team of people focused full-time on economic development to recruit companies that will invest here and provide those employment opportunities.

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Since 1967, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care nationwide. AONE is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association.

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With more than 11,000 members, ASHE is the largest association devoted to optimizing the health care physical environment. As a trusted industry resource, ASHE is committed to our members, the facilities they build and maintain, and the patients they serve.

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The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards,research, training, and education.

The world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

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Since the Institute was founded in 1961, more than 135,000 technicians and technologists have met NICET’s rigorous certification criteria, and the number grows rapidly as more employers and local and state governments rely on NICET certification to measure the qualifications of their workforce. The certificate and wallet card issued by NICET serve as a portable credential for certified technicians and technologists who seek to maximize their skills and knowledge and advance in their professions. By employing those workers who have demonstrated their technical mastery, employers can provide their customers higher quality goods and services. And, ultimately, the public enjoys a higher degree of safety and protection.

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