Those living in the tri-county area a generation ago — shortly after Congress voted to shutter the Charleston Naval Base and Shipyard, the region’s largest employer — remember how that economic shock created a silver lining as business groups and local governments began cooperating as never before on rebuilding our economy.

That unity toward a common goal was a much-needed change from the factional interests that too often inhibited meaningful progress on regional challenges. Today, our leaders hope to take regional cooperation to the next level, and we all should do what we can to help.

The ambitious “One Region Roadmap: Opportunities For All” plan already has involved almost two dozen background sessions, organizational meetings and focus groups. It’s being led by a partnership among the…

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