The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce is landing national recognition for their Operation F35-Beaufort campaign from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Operation F35-Beaufort and the Chamber will be awarded a Gold Award this August as part of the 27th Annual Awards of Communication Excellence at the 2011 ACCE Convention in Los Angeles.

Operation F35-Beaufort, a partnership between the chamber, the Military Enhancement Committee, Lowcountry Economic Network & Alliance, and Williams Group PR, was an integrated public relations campaign to boost local and statewide support to bring five squadrons of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

The Awards for Communications Excellence honor, reward and celebrate the achievements of outstanding communication programs, campaigns and projects. It also serves to enhance the professional development of chamber professionals through the evaluation and recognition of their communications efforts.

Last month, Operation F35- Beaufort earned a Mercury Award of Merit from the S.C. Public Relations Society of America for outstanding community relations campaigns.

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, led by Interim President Blakely Williams, leads the enhancement, expansion and diversification of the business community throughout the Beaufort region. The chamber focuses on providing business growth opportunities and learning opportunities so that businesses are more productive and profitable, as well as advocacy and community development initiatives to build a favorable business climate. For more information, visit www.beaufortchamber.org.

The Military Enhancement Committee is a board housed under the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau to address military issues at the critical junctures at the national level.

The Lowcountry Economic Network & Alliance is a public-private partnership tasked with providing comprehensive business development and recruitment services to organizations looking to relocate or expand their business in Beaufort and Jasper counties.


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