CDCA Membership. What does it mean?. CDCA Mission.
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What does it mean?
In order to address issues facing the Charleston, South Carolina military industrial complex, the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, or CDCA, was formed and incorporated as a South Carolina Corporation on 4 December 2002. CDCA’s beginning was based on a grassroots formation called the “Technology Leadership Forum”, an offshoot committee of the Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronic Associations (AFCEA) that first met on 6 September 2001. The Technology Leadership Forum consisted of 40 business and government officials who were interested in raising local awareness of the industry cluster and also in establishing the defense contracting companies as a viable entity within the Charleston business community. On November 7, 2002, CDCA held its first General Meeting and an interim Board of Directors and Officers were elected. On December 4, 2002, CDCA received a Certificate of Incorporation as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of South Carolina. CDCA received its 501(C)(6), business league organization, tax exempt status on 11 April 2003.
The general purpose of the CDCA is to address issues and opportunities facing the Charleston, South Carolina defense community. Specifically, the CDCA will: (1) perform as an advocacy group for the defense industry in the Charleston metro area and other surrounding regions, (2) provide liaison with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, elected officials, legislatures, and special groups and committees, (3) take actions to develop or improve the local defense community’s ability to develop, attract, retain, and more effectively execute business opportunities, and (4) to foster the increased and improved interaction between defense contractors for accomplishment of better services to defense customers.
Annual Elections are held in January.
You must have a Company Membership to run for one of these positions or to vote.
Network with 350 plus each quarter! Listen to presentations from Industry partners and Government Representatives!
CDCA Business, Presenters, Networking & Good Food!
We typically have 100+ to attend.
883 Registered in 2013
Theme for 2014: Technologies Enabling Information Dominance”
Our Committee works hard to provide interesting
and newsworthy articles for our members.
They work hard to provide involvement in Educational Initiatives to ensure we raise our youth to become the future of tomorrow!
Give a deserving student an opportunity in your company!
Company Members can apply for Summer Internships.
Sponsor of WID Scholarships
Sponsor of AFCEA Scholarships
Sponsor of Chambers
Salute to Military
Participant in DC Fly In
Sponsor of EOD Golf
Sponsor of Yorktown Division of the
Naval Sea Cadets
$150,000 to the Chamber to support their
efforts to move AFRICOM to CHS
“Beyond Valor 2010”
V. President, Jack Moore, drops the
puck for Sting Rays Military Appreciation Night
21 Jul 2014
Total Membership: 293
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We thank you for your support, and all of the time you give to ensure the CDCA has a strong voice within our Defense Community!