Anyone who has been following the Military Enhancement Committee over the past year or so knows that we have diligently been working with the installation and Beaufort County to resolve issues associated with collection of stormwater impact fees. The County had hired legal counsel to resolve this issue, but recently agreed to part ways with them in the spirit of collaboration and partnership. This is a huge win for the region in that it restores long-standing relationships with installation leaders as well as opens the door for future cooperation through intergovernmental support agreements, memorandums of agreement, and other public-public partnership mechanisms that will be mutually beneficial to the military and community. 

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The Military Enhancement Committee (MEC) of Beaufort County Support Fund is a charitable fund administered by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Its mission is to enhance the quality and value of the military installations of Beaufort County, namely, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Naval Air Station Beaufort, and Beaufort Naval Hospital. The MEC seeks to defend these installations against any threats like closure or natural disaster, while also positioning them for enhancement through personnel, resources, and other opportunities that both benefit the Department of Defense and our region.