This episode originally aired on October 9, 2015.

As members of the Lowcountry, it is easy to boast of the beautiful city we call home. However, as Charleston is experiencing more growth than ever, we also have a responsibility to ensure that we don’t lose the things that make our city so unique. As locals we have a choice – a choice in where we shop, a choice in what we eat, and a choice in the way our city grows.

In our first episode as part of OHM Radio‘s “Small Talks, Big Ideas series, we discuss economic development strategies and aspects of city planning that are necessary to keep Charleston from becoming “Anywhere, USA.” We look at why independent businesses are so vital to a local economy and how local and state policymakers can help to level the playing field.


“Instead of providing benefits to one corporation that sends its profits out of state or even overseas,” explained Jamee Haley, Executive Director at Lowcountry Local First, “we invest in hundreds of businesses that are already headquartered here, rooted here, and invested in this community. That to me is a more sustainable form of economic development.”

Listen to the entire episode here.

“Small Talks, Big Ideas” airs Wednesdays at 8 a.m. and Fridays at 2 p.m and is a shared space between Lowcountry Local First, the Coastal Conservation League,, and Charleston Moves.

OHM Radio is a local non-commercial radio station that can be heard at 96.3FM on peninsular Charleston, or streamed online or from their mobile app from anywhere around the world. To learn more and to view the full schedule, please visit their website.



Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing & Communications