Conferences and Meetings

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

Mid-Year Conference for County Officials

Held in late winter in Columbia, this conference enables all county officials to become better informed about the Association's legislative program. The Association also hosts a reception for members of the S.C. General Assembly during the conference.

Future Meeting Dates:
Feb. 23-25, 2022

SCAC will host its Mid-Year Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia. Members will hear from speakers on current topics and visit with their delegation members at the Statehouse. A legislative reception will be held at The Palmetto Club that evening from 5-7 p.m. The following Institute of Government for County Officials classes will be offered following the conference on Thursday, Feb. 24 and Friday, Feb. 25.

Thursday, Feb. 24:
- 9 a.m. – Noon Level I (E): Building Effective Intergovernmental Relations
- 9 a.m. – Noon Level II: Current Issues - ARPA
- 1 – 4 p.m. Level I (E): Employment Law: What Counties Need to Know
- 1 – 4 p.m. Level II: Decision Making in a Political Environment

Friday, Feb. 25:
- 9 a.m. – Noon Level II: Measuring and Reporting County Performance
- 9 a.m. – Noon Level II: Economic Development

A Council Chairperson’s Workshop will be held concurrently with Institute classes on Feb. 24 from 1 – 4 p.m. This event will provide council chairpersons and vice chairs with an opportunity to explore topics and discuss issues relevant to their leadership roles on county council. This session is open to council chairs and vice chairs only.

Registration information will be shared with county officials in December. Please contact SCAC staff at (803) 252-7255 or tollfree at (800) 922-6081 if you have any questions.

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.

The Association’s 2022 Annual Conference will be held August 1-4, 2022, at the Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms. In order to receive the lowest room rate for county officials, the conference schedule has been modified. County officials will receive conference and hotel registration information including details on accommodation options in early spring. The room block at Wild Dunes will open to county officials after they have registered for the Institute of Government and/or the Annual Conference. The room block will not open before this time.

Future Annual Conference Dates

August 1 — August 4, 2022

2022 Annual Conference Schedule
Mon., August 1 – Institute Classes
Tues., August 2 – Institute Classes, Committee Meetings, Group Meetings, President’s/Corporate Partners’ Reception
Wed., August 3 – Opening Session, Group Meetings, Caucus Meetings, Workshops, Banquet
Thurs., August 4 – General Session

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".

 

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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. SCAC2021 is set as a default password.

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:
TBA

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.

Future Meeting Date:
November 19, 2021 — to be held virtually

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. Click the link above for more information, or to register.

Future Meeting Date:
December 2-3, 2021 — Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel

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.

Future Meeting Date:
TBA