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​Special Events

Opening Reception

Thursday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Kick off the Annual Meeting and enjoy cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and networking with other attendees.

Delegates’ Luncheon

Friday 12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Cost: $40

Address: Merl Code, Attorney, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Code uses his perspective as a businessman, community leader, athlete and scholar to illustrate with humor that bold, compassionate and courageous leaders are essential to building a successful community.

Awards Breakfast

Saturday 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. Cost: $35

Learn from the accomplishments of South Carolina cities and towns, as they are recognized as this year’s winners of the Municipal Achievement Awards and the Main Street South Carolina Inspiration Awards.

Closing Night Celebration

Saturday 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Cost: $55

After an Annual Meeting jam-packed with learning, continue networking with friends and colleagues at this laid-back event. Enjoy dinner and dancing to the Fantasy Band.

Spiritual Breakfast

Sunday 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Cost: $27

Before heading home, take time to enjoy a Southern breakfast buffet and inspirational music presented by Dr. Marlena Smalls, founder of the Gullah Festival in Beaufort and The Hallelujah Singers. Feed your body and spirit.

 

Highlights

First Timers’ Program

Thursday 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

First time attending the Annual Meeting? Don’t miss this program. Meet others who are attending the Annual Meeting for the first time and learn how to get the most out of the Annual Meeting experience. Preregistration is required and limited to municipal elected officials and staff.

In Their Shoes: Law Enforcement Simulator Demonstrations

Friday 2:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Simulators are a high tech training tool to give police officers hands-on practice in a simulated crisis situation. Participate in a demonstration and "experience" real life situations that officers encounter every day. Demonstrations last approximately 15 minutes. Some simulated situations include violence and language that may be considered offensive.

Exhibitor Showcase

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Make time to visit with exhibitors and learn how their products and services can enhance a city’s efficiency and effectiveness. Between noon and 1:30 p.m., there will be light snacks and a prize drawing.

Tech Talks

Throughout the Annual Meeting, local officials may attend 15-minute Tech Talks that address technology priorities for local governments. These sessions are designed specifically for municipal officials.