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One Acadiana team learns how Charleston, S.C., improved its economy after facing devastating blow in the ’90s

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In the mid-1990s, this Atlantic Coast city was dealt a harsh blow when Congress decided to close Charleston Naval Base, which employed tens of thousands of civilian workers.

“Business and political leaders found themselves scrambling,” David Ginn, president and CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, told 60 members of Lafayette-based One Acadiana on Monday.

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