Conferences and Meetings

SCAC provides many opportunities for county officials to meet and learn, among these are:

Counties Connect: A Legislative Action Day

Held in late winter in Columbia, this conference enables all county officials to become better informed about the Association's legislative program. The event will include a legislative briefing from SCAC staff and an opportunity to meet with Representatives and Senators at the State House before the conference continues at the USC Alumni Center. The Association will host a reception for members of the S.C. General Assembly on Thursday evening. Institute classes including the Council Chairperson’s Workshop will be held at the USC Alumni Center the following day. 

Future Meeting Dates:
February 22, 2023 (Institute of Government February 23, 2023)

Annual Conference

Each year, SCAC's Annual Conference provides a dynamic educational experience with opportunities for one-on-one interaction, strategizing, small group discussions and large group learning. More than 600 county officials—representing South Carolina's 46 counties—gather to discuss challenges and opportunities, share best practices and attend training sessions that strengthen their capacity to lead and serve.

In addition to an energizing educational program, the meeting offers opportunities to learn more about SCAC's programs and services, and to network with exhibitors and colleagues. Many of the state's top county leaders are also honored with awards and training certificates.

Future Annual Conference/Institute of Government Dates

July 31 — August 3, 2023
July 29 — August 1, 2024
August 4 — August 7, 2025

Annual Conference Meeting App

The Association is pleased to announce the SCAC Annual Conference App. The app contains the schedule, speaker information, exhibitor information, and maps of the venue. It updates automatically, making sure users always have the most current information right at their fingertips.

The app is free and available for download from the App Store or Google Play by searching for “Grupio”. Once you've downloaded the Grupio app, simply search the app for "SCAC".


App Store               Google Play               Web App


If you want to use any of the personalization features (ex. My calendar), you’ll need to click on “My account” to register with the app and then log in.

Fall Meeting of the County Council Coalition

Held in October, this meeting enables representatives of all 46 counties to take a leadership role in shaping the Association's legislative policy positions. The Coalition reviews recommendations presented by SCAC's steering committees, elects officers, and learns more about critical issues facing county officials.

Future Meeting Dates:
October 18, 2023
October 17, 2023 - Institute of Government

S.C. Local Government Attorneys' Institute

Held in the fall, this is one of the largest seminars for public sector attorneys in the state. It is attended by attorneys from counties, municipalities and state agencies. The event remains a favorite CLE function—consistently providing a dynamic faculty and valuable opportunities for discussion and networking.

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Legislative Conference

Held in December, this conference allows members of the Legislative Committee to discuss and adopt a legislative program for the coming year. The Committee is composed of each council chair along with the Association's Board of Directors.

Future Meeting Date:
November 30-December 1, 2023

Newly-Elected Council Member Orientation

Held after the November election in even-numbered years, this training is designed to provide insight into the roles and responsibilities of county officials and outline how the Association is a valuable resource to newly-elected council members.

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