2020 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 — will honor 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

Counties are invited to submit applications describing the purpose and significance of their innovative projects. Applicants who meet the application deadline and all requirements will be scheduled to present their projects at the 2020 SCAC Awards Competition.

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

2020 Awards Brochure

Competition Presentations

Presentations for the 2020 Awards program will take place on Wednesday, August 26 at the SCETV studio beginning at 9 AM. View the presentations live on the Association's Facebook page or at

Project Summaries

Order of Presentations


Winners of the J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award and the Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Award will be announced, and all entries for the COVID-19 Response and Resiliency Showcase will be recognized during a event that will be livestreamed at a date to be determined. 

Video Library

Previous Award Winners

J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award Winners

2019 Dorchester County 2003 Orangeburg County 1987 Beaufort County
2018 Charleston County 2002 Anderson County 1986 Aiken County
2017 Charleston County 2001 Anderson County 1985 Greenwood County
2016 Colleton County 2000 Horry County 1984 Union County
2015 Barnwell County 1999 York County 1983 Greenville County
2014 Abbeville County 1998 Aiken County 1982 Chester County
2013 Newberry County 1997 Georgetown County 1981 Chesterfield County
2012 Colleton County 1996 Berkeley County 1980 York County
2011 Horry County 1995 Florence County 1979 Beaufort County
2010 Orangeburg County 1994 Richland County 1978 Oconee County
2009 Georgetown County 1993 Charleston County 1977 Richland County
2008 Lexington County 1992 York County 1976 Beaufort County and Greenwood County
2007 Greenwood County 1991 Greenwood County  1975 Edgefield County
2006 Newberry County 1990 Beaufort County 1974 Lexington County
2005 Georgetown County 1989 Charleston County 1973 Charleston County
2004 Lexington County 1988 Spartanburg County    

 Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award Winners

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