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​Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government


The Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government is a training program specifically designed to provide municipal elected officials with a basic understanding of key areas of municipal government.

To graduate from the Institute, you must complete Session A and Session B and five online courses available 24/7 at www.masc.sc (keyword: MEO). These five courses are also held once a year at the 10 councils of governments’ locations.

Before registering, refer to your MEO Institute transcript to determine which session to take. Session A must be taken before enrolling in Session B. Transcripts are available to officials by logging on to www.masc.sc (keyword: MEO) with your personal identification number and password. Municipal clerks have online access to transcripts for all elected officials from their municipality.

On February 6, check in at the Municipal Association’s registration desk at the Marriott beginning at 8 a.m. to pick up meeting materials. Sessions A and B begin promptly at 9 a.m. Officials must attend the entire day of training (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) to receive credit. Sign-in sheets are kept throughout the day. Lunch is provided.

Session A

The City as an Employer
An Overview of Local Government Planning and Zoning  
Conducting Public Meetings
Visioning, Strategic Planning and Goal Setting

Session B

Municipal Annexation
Intergovernmental Relations
Ethics and Public Accountability
Business License Tax Administration
Liability of Municipalities and Their Elected Officials


Advanced Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government

The advanced program provides elected officials who are graduates of the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government an option for continuing education. Graduates can choose to attend one of two courses offered annually on the day after the Hometown Legislative Action Day and one of two courses offered each fall. To complete the Advanced Institute, you must attend four courses.

Advanced courses will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Attendance for the entire day of training is required to receive credit. Sign-in sheets are kept throughout the day. Lunch is provided.

Advanced Courses (Choose one)

Advanced Municipal Economic Development
Public Safety Policy and Administration



Advanced Continuing Education

The Advanced Continuing Education track provides the Association’s top level of graduates with a pathway to stay current on the latest issues in local government. These courses focus on current topics and will be available exclusively to Advanced MEO Institute graduates. 

Two three-hour sessions will be offered. Advanced Continuing Education courses will begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sign-in sheets are kept throughout the day. Lunch is provided to all ACE attendees. See the MEO Institute Brochure for more details.

Advanced Continuing Education Courses

9 a.m. – Noon FOIA: Making Transparency a Priority (3 hours)
1 – 4 p.m. SC Ethics Act: Avoiding Common Pitfalls (3 hours)