H I S T O R Y

HISTORY

2016

2016

In 2016, the SC Council on Competitiveness named Suzanne Dickerson as the director of logistics industry initiatives. That same year, the SC Council on Competitiveness was awarded a $175,000 grant from the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to strengthen the logistics cluster in South Carolina. In September of 2016, the TDL Council was rebranded as the SC Logistics Executive Forum.

2011

2011

In November of 2011, the TDL Council was formally launched and provided input for the development of a comprehensive statewide strategic plan sponsored by the SC Department of Transportation, SC Department of Commerce, and SC Ports Authority. Since the establishment of the TDL Council, the group has hosted successful annual summits each year.

2011

2011

In 2011, TDL cluster members organized a second summit to celebrate industry successes and to continue to build industry momentum.This event attracted over 120 stakeholders and featured prominent speakers such as the Secretary of the SC Department of Commerce and the President of the SC Ports Authority. The key takeaway from the 2011 summit was that South Carolina needed to get more organized to compete for the freight traffic coming in 2014 and needed to reinvest in the state’s infrastructure to strengthen the multimodal logistics system. That same year the SC Council on Competitiveness held a CEO Roundtable in which members supported the creation of a formal TDL Council, to be comprised of public and private sector leaders from across the state.

2008

2008

In 2008, SC Council on Competitiveness organized a summit to gather input from Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) industry stakeholders on the major issues impeding competitiveness.  Over fifty key leaders in the industry gathered to identify common issues that industry leaders could work on together to foster the development and growth of distribution and logistics services in SC. The input from this summit drove the development of a strategic communications plan to address three main challenges that needed to be resolved in order to increase industry competitiveness: lack of political will to fund infrastructure adequately, lack of high level government and private sector leadership, and negative public perception of the industry.