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March 1, 2022

Leadership Grand Strand (LGS), a program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for Class 43. The 10-month program begins August 2022 and seeks to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Grand Strand.

“For more than four decades, LGS has developed future community leaders by providing a comprehensive overview of the area,” said Diana Greene, LGS executive director. “The program includes dedicated leadership training activities and gives participants a true behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Grand Strand.”

LGS is open to citizens who have resided in Horry or Georgetown counties continuously for at least six months prior to the application date. Candidates may be nominated by an organization or may nominate themselves. Program participation is limited with selection reflecting the demographic, geographic and professional diversity of the Myrtle Beach area.

Criteria for selection include evidence of leadership abilities, potential to provide leadership to the Grand Strand, interest in community affairs, desire to volunteer and commitment to become a more involved member of the community. Participants and their sponsoring organizations must be willing to invest the time required to participate, which includes a two-day retreat in September, a full day of classes the first Thursday of each month and 75 hours of community service.

The cost of the program is $1,199 per person. Applications, along with three letters of reference, are due by June 30, 2022.

Scholarship opportunities are available through the William F. Pritchard Scholarship Fund and Bennie J. Swans Jr. Scholarship Fund. The William F. Pritchard Scholarship Fund awards tuition assistance to qualified applicants as determined by the LGS Board of Regents. The Bennie J. Swans Jr. Scholarship Fund provides full tuition to one applicant from an underrepresented or marginalized group, and the recipient is selected by the chamber’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

For more information and to apply for the program, visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com or call (843) 916-7222.

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About Leadership Grand Strand:

The goal of Leadership Grand Strand, a program of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Grand Strand. Over the years, Leadership Grand Strand has created a cadre of leaders who guide the direction of change throughout the Grand Strand. For more information about the program, visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com.

About Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau:

Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community — serving Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Loris, Atlantic Beach, Carolina Forest, Conway, Aynor, Socastee, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded MBACC its five-star accreditation — one of only a few chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and its destination marketing arm Visit Myrtle Beach promote tourism through various partnerships and initiatives to advance the economic success of the Grand Strand. For more information, visit MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com, MyrtleBeachAreaCVB.com and VisitMyrtleBeach.com.

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