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Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce selects new president and CEO

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A former advisor to Gov. Mark Sanford will lead the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce after its leader died late last year.

Carl Blackstone was selected by the Chamber Tuesday to become its next president and CEO.

Blackstone is a government relations advisor with the Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd law firm and its subsidiary, Copper Dome Strategies.

Blackstone also graduated from the College of Charleston.

The former Sanford advisor finds himself in a unique position after Ike McLeese's death in October 2013.

McLeese led the Chamber for many years and is credited with organizing a plan to protect our area's military installations during a round of base closings more than 8 years ago.

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