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​General Sessions

Opening Session

Friday         9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Keynote Address: Jennifer Pinckney, Founder, Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation

In the three years since her husband, Rev. Sen. Clementa Pinckney, was killed in the Mother Emmanuel church shootings, Jennifer Pinckney established a foundation to carry on her late husband’s legacy of improving the quality of life for all South Carolina residents. Hear Jennifer’s inspiring message of hope and leadership during the opening general session.

Gubernatorial Candidates Forum

Friday         2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
The ballot is set. The election is less than four months away. Hear from the gubernatorial candidates about their positions on statewide issues affecting cities and towns.

Legislative Update

Saturday     11:15 a.m. – Noon
Municipal officials play a critical role in advocating for city interests in the General Assembly. Get the latest information on bills impacting cities that passed during the 2018 session, and learn what local officials can do to prepare for the 2019 session.

Breakout Sessions

Strategies for Stormwater

Thursday     2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Planning and funding for stormwater is often overlooked until flooding occurs and the damage has been done. Learn basic stormwater planning and management tips and how to fund drainage improvements to prevent flooding in your city or town.

Social Media 101

Thursday     2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Social media is no longer just the territory of teens sharing photos. Cities and towns are increasingly using social media as a primary communication tool to share information with residents. Learn about creating a social media strategy that fits your city’s needs, identifying the social media tools that can be most useful to your city and developing a social media policy.

Impact of Federal Tax Reform

Thursday     3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Federal tax reform legislation that passed Congress in late 2017 has many far-reaching implications for cities and towns, ranging from bond financing to historic tax credits. Get details on navigating the new realities of financing tools impacted by this legislation.

Harassment Claims: The Elected Official’s Responsibility

Thursday     3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Harassment claims of all types are on the rise. That means elected officials must be equipped to respond appropriately. Understand the current law in this area through case studies and real-life examples that illustrate the importance of being prepared for this situation.

Front Lines Advocacy

Friday         11:15 a.m. – Noon

Advocacy is more than making an occasional call to your legislator when a bill is up for debate at the State House. Effective advocacy requires local officials to develop relationships with legislators year-round, understand the legislative process and stay informed on issues. Learn the basics of effective advocacy and how to get your message heard in the General Assembly.

Closing the Gap: Strategies for Funding Complex Projects

Friday         11:15 a.m. – Noon

The fiscal environment that cities and towns operate within has become more challenging. Revenue constraints and rising costs are a fact of life. While grants can provide opportunities for “new money” to fund projects and programs, these dollars aren’t as plentiful as before. Get information on effective strategies for developing winning grant proposals and layering those grants with other funding sources.

Law Enforcement Crisis: Hiring, Training and Keeping Good Officers

Friday         3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Finding qualified law enforcement recruits is increasingly difficult. Law enforcement agencies must constantly hire officers due to retirement and other causes of attrition. Take an in-depth look at the recruitment, selection, retention and training challenges facing municipal police agencies today. Learn what the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy recommends to meet these challenges.

Workplace Safety: Active Shooter Response

Friday         3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Gun violence is claiming innocent lives from schools to workplaces and government buildings to outdoor concerts. Be prepared in case the unthinkable happens with an active shooter in city hall, during a council meeting or during regular business hours.

Mayors’ Roundtable

Friday         3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Networking and educational session for mayors
Sponsored by the Association of South Carolina Mayors

Short Takes on Hot Topics

Saturday     1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

This fast-paced session will provide quick updates and guidance on a variety of issues important to cities and towns.

Business-Friendly Cities and Towns

Saturday     1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

From business licensing to permitting and inspections to zoning regulations, time is money for local businesses. Find out what three cities are doing to create a business-friendly environment for people who are doing business with the city.  

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.