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​General Sessions

Opening Session
Friday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Keynote Address: Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute

For successful economic development, cities and towns shouldn’t focus on what they don’t have, but rather leverage what they do have. Learn about strategies and best practices that help cities of all sizes differentiate themselves making them more competitive in attracting jobs, visitors and investments.

Legislative Update

Friday 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Municipal officials play a critical role in advocating for city interests in the General Assembly. Get the latest information on legislation introduced in the 2017 legislative session, and learn what local officials can do to prepare for the 2018 session.

Breakout Sessions

Crisis Management: Getting "The Call"
Thursday 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

It’s a municipal official’s worst nightmare to get the call that a tragedy has struck … a shooting, a natural disaster, an infrastructure collapse. Get front lines insight from local officials and reporters who were in the midst of recent crisis situations, and learn how to be prepared for the media when "the call" comes.

Making the 2020 Census Count

Thursday 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

The federal government relies on census data to distribute more than $400 billion annually to state and local officials to improve infrastructure and provide services. Find out what cities need to be doing today to prepare for the 2020 Census.

HR Challenges in a Changing World

Thursday 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

By implementing sound human resource policies, cities can avoid legal issues and foster a positive work environment. Learn best practices for establishing effective policies related to the use of social media, legal use of marijuana and changing employment laws.

Follow the Code to Safer Buildings

Thursday 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Municipal officials are tasked with the critical public safety responsibility of assuring buildings meet state building codes. Learn how building codes are adopted and best practices for effective code enforcement.

Front Lines Police Training

Friday 11:15 a.m. – Noon

Police officers make split second decisions every day and often face scrutiny for these decisions. Learn how a training simulator can teach officers to use ethical and proper force to protect the public, increase officer safety and reduce liability.

Keys to Downtown Development

Friday 11:15 a.m. – Noon

City officials are transforming downtowns using an economic development model based on persistence, ingenuity and committed leadership. Learn from leaders in two South Carolina cities as they share their strategies and success stories.

Cities Prepare for Small Cells

Friday 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

As personal communication services revolutionize the way people live, small cell antennas promise to boost network signals and capacity. Learn about this emerging technology and how it may impact municipal fees, community aesthetics and management of municipal rights of way.

Trash Talk with PalmettoPride

Friday 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Litter says a lot about a community. Get fresh ideas from PalmettoPride to help cities establish effective litter abatement programs.

Mayors’ Roundtable

Friday 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Networking and educational session for mayors

Sponsored by the Association of South Carolina Mayors

Law Enforcement Challenges

Saturday 11:15 a.m. – Noon

Hiring, training and appropriate use of force are major challenges facing police departments. Discover lessons from recent use-of-force incidents and how cities and towns can recruit, hire and train their police forces to foster good relationships with the community.

Get Along to Move Along

Saturday 11:15 a.m. – Noon

Federal, state and local governments don’t always work in tandem when pursuing economic development. Get tips to negotiate the complexities of working across jurisdictions to move from conflict to collaboration.

Big Ideas for Small Towns

Saturday 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Small towns face unique challenges in economic growth, revenue generation and leadership development. Join small-town leaders to discuss ideas for meeting these challenges.

Lessons Learned from Severe Weather Events

Saturday 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

The October 2015 flood and Hurricane Matthew tested the mettle of many South Carolina cities. Learn how city officials prepared for and responded to these severe weather events and the lessons learned.

Municipal Trivia

Saturday 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Come to the Muni-Pub and test your municipal knowledge with a "spirited" game of Municipal Trivia.