Serving The Lowcountry & Beyond

Preserving & Improving The Quality Of Life In The Area

Greater Island Council (GIC) is an association of citizen advocates who collaborate with our regional partners to improve the quality of life in our community. It was organized and chartered as the Greater Island Committee in 1989 as a non-profit, non-partisan South Carolina corporation by a small group of community leaders. The objective was to provide a means by which interested citizens could stay abreast of ongoing and emerging issues affecting the resident within the region.

Town of HHI Planning Commission moves GIC Sustainability Resolution Forward


On June 16th, Mark Baker, GIC member presented the GIC Sustainability Advisory Committee’s (SAC) “The Beaufort County Landfill and the Town of Hilton Head” resolution position paper on solid waste management for Beaufort County to the Town of HHI Planning Commission.  The resolution, unanimously passed by the Planning Commission, asks HHI’s leadership to work with Beaufort County to develop a forward thinking solution.  The resolution will be moved on to the appropriate HHI and Beaufort County committees and hopefully next to their full councils.

To view Mark’s presentation to the Planning Committee and see more information about this position paper, the SAC and it’s Baseline Sustainability Assessment Report, click below:

Sustainability Advisory Committee


A new GIC Task Force has been initiated to investigate the issue of food insecurity in our region and report back to the GIC membership on their findings, and recommendations for any GIC advocacy on this subject.


To see more information about this task force, click below:

Food Insecurity Task Force

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The Education committee has completed a new guide: Collaborate from Birth to Eight for Early Grade Reading.  Click below to see a copy of the guide.

EARLY READING GUIDE now available in a Spanish language version.

The Education committee has completed a new guide: Collaborate from Birth to Eight for Early Grade Reading.  Click below to see a copy of the guide.

EARLY READING GUIDE Featured in the Hilton Head Sun

Read the interview with Tom Henz, Chair of the GIC Education Committee in the Hilton Head Sun.  Here is the Link: GROUP’S FREE BOOKLET PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR EARLY READING

About Us

Working To Improve
The Future Of Beaufort County

The Greater Island Council of Hilton Head and Bluffton (GIC) is an independent association of active and involved citizens of Hilton Head Island, Greater Bluffton and beyond who share a common interest in preserving and improving the quality of life in the area.

We strive to exhibit these characteristics:


Do Good

DELIVER (Tangible Outcomes)

The GIC endeavors, through its committees, to stimulate private and public interest in community enhancement projects and programs in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton region. Our committees partner with public and private agencies and organizations to achieve common goals.

The GIC Action Committees are the principal vehicles through which the GIC identifies key issues, focuses on potential improvements and encourages constructive changes. These committees explore issues of importance to the community, take steps to encourage sound policies and constructive actions and deliver tangible outcomes.

Enriching the lives of area residents through a desire to preserve, protect and improve the quality of life for all who call the Lowcountry their home. The GIC partners with other organizations to unite, support, and enhance our shared community beliefs.