Community-improvement group tweaks name, logo

Organizers of Together for Beaufort unveiled a new name and logo Wednesday intended to better capture the countywide nature of the project.

A report on the group's progress, however, wasn't ready as expected for its quarterly meeting.

The project, which seeks to improve life in the county by measuring progress in such areas as the economy, education, health and environment, now will be known as Together for Beaufort County, organizer Fred Leyda said.

The program, which began about four years ago, also adopted the tagline "One County. One Future," replacing the former tagline of "Our County. Our Future."

The changes, the result of debate among organizers, should diminish confusion about the project's scope, said Leyda, facilitator of the Beaufort County Alliance for Human Services, the public-private partnership leading the project.

"That way people will not say, 'That's (only) for the city of Beaufort,' " Leyda told a group of about 50 civic leaders at Palmetto Electric Cooperative in Hardeeville.

Project organizers, who released a brief progress report in July about their goals for 2012, had planned to release a full report Wednesday.

It is not ready but should be available online soon at the websites of its primary funders -- Beaufort County, the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, and United Way of the Lowcountry.