2021 SCAC Awards

The J. Mitchell Graham/Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Awards recognize innovative projects completed by South Carolina’s counties during the past fiscal year. Winners represent the best qualities of local governance—attention to details, service to citizens, efficient use of tax dollars, and improvement in the quality of life. They demonstrate how creative problem-solving and collaboration can achieve impressive results, and offer new ideas for other counties to consider.

The J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award recognizes counties that address community challenges, implement operational improvements, or enhance their citizens’ quality of life in a unique way.

The Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award highlights the growing need for regional partnerships, strategies, and solutions. Competition for this award is open to two or more political subdivisions (counties or county partnerships formed with city, town, district, or regional government organizations) that worked together on a project.

The COVID-19 Response and Resiliency Showcase — a third awards category added to this year’s awards program — honors the ways our counties have responded to the unprecedented health pandemic. Adjudication for this category will be different from the other two awards; all entries submitted for this year’s showcase will receive special recognition.

Questions? Contact: Susan Turkopuls at or by calling 1-800-922-6081.

2021 Awards Brochure

Competition Presentations

Presentations for the 2021 Awards program took place on Tuesday, June 8 at the SCETV studio beginning at 9 AM. Recordings of the presentations are available in the video library.

Project Summaries


Video Library

Previous Award Winners

J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award Winners

2021Greenwood County2004Lexington County1987Beaufort County
2020Lancaster County2003Orangeburg County1986Aiken County
2019Dorchester County2002Anderson County1985Greenwood County
2018Charleston County2001Anderson County1984Union County
2017Charleston County2000Horry County1983Greenville County
2016Colleton County1999York County1982Chester County
2015Barnwell County1998Aiken County1981Chesterfield County
2014Abbeville County1997Georgetown County1980York County
2013Newberry County1996Berkeley County1979Beaufort County
2012Colleton County1995Florence County1978Oconee County
2011Horry County1994Richland County1977Richland County
2010Orangeburg County1993Charleston County1976Beaufort County and Greenwood County
2009Georgetown County1992York County1975Edgefield County
2008Lexington County1991Greenwood County1974Lexington County
2007Greenwood County1990Beaufort County1973Charleston County
2006Newberry County1989Charleston County  
2005Georgetown County1988Spartanburg County  

 Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award Winners

2021Lancaster County and City of Lancaster: Operation Significant Impact
2020Berkeley County: Project SEARCH
2019Charleston County: Launch with NASA
2018Barnwell, Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties: Emergency Medical Center
2017Greenville County: I-map — Finding Essential Services
2016Spartanburg County: Operation Educate
2015Spartanburg County: Senior Wellness Partnership
2014Abbeville, Anderson, Barnwell, and Jasper Counties
2012Lexington and Richland Counties
2011Beaufort and Jasper Counties
2010Western Piedmont Regional Emergency Management Task Force
2009Greenwood County and GLEAMNS HR Commission
2008Western Piedmont Regional Emergency Management Task Force
2007Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties
2006Western Piedmont Regional Emergency Management Task Force
2005Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties
2004Florence, Georgetown, and Horry Counties
2003Sumter and Lee Counties
2002Anderson County Partnership
1999Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority