Will the Lowcountry become stronger if those governing its cities, towns and counties got together regularly for informal discussions on issues of regional importance?

Some think so, and next year, they’ll find out.

Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails is convening the first such “Mayors and Chairs” meeting next month, inviting about 30 mayors and county council chairs in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

That first meeting, set for Jan. 9, will feature State Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome.

“I certainly think the Ports Authority has a big impact on all three counties,” Swails said. “When those trucks start heading up the road or down the road, they come through all three.”

The Mayors and Chairs idea grew out of a recent visit of several dozen Charleston area business and political leaders took to Nashville.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.