Annual Conference Highlights

Highlights from the 52nd Annual Conference - Aug. 4-6, 2019

2019 J. Mitchell Graham and Barrett Lawrimore Competition Videos


Presentations given during the SCAC 52nd Annual Conference are now available. Links below will take you to PDFs of the presentations. Links to video recordings of the presentations will be available shortly.

Institute of Government Courses

Bridging the Digital Divide (Advanced) – Anna Berger, Director of Education & Training, SCAC; Michael Conley, Planning and Zoning Director, Kershaw County; Deborah Cox, Deputy Executive Director, NACo; Ted Creech, Owner, J. Ted Creech Enterprises; Andrew E. Hayes, Rural Development Telecom Field Representative, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Dalton J. Tresvant, Deputy District Director, Office of U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn; Harold Young, Administrator, Orangeburg County

Building Effective Intergovernmental Relations (Level I Elective)– Jon B. Pierce, Ph.D., Fellow, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston

Effective Communications (Level II) – Anna Berger, Director of Education & Training, SCAC; Jackie Broach-Akers, Public Information Officer, Georgetown County; James T. McCain Jr., Council Chairman, Sumter County; Gary M. Mixon, Administrator, Sumter County; Katherine L. O'Neill, Chief Operating Officer, The Palladian Group; Charles Weathers, President, The Weathers Group

Ethical Leadership and Public Service (Level I Required) – Courtney M. Laster, General Counsel, S.C. State Ethics Commission; Eric M. Robinson, Management Development Associate, Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia

Legal Issues in County Government (Level I Required) – John K. DeLoache, Senior Staff Attorney, SCAC; M. Kent Lesesne, Senior Staff Attorney, SCAC; Owen A. McBride, Staff Attorney, SCAC

The Policy Role of Council (Level II) –  Jon B. Pierce, Ph.D., Fellow, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston

Strategic Planning (Level I Elective) – William E. Tomes, Fellow, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities

Strengthening Your County's Fiscal Fitness (Advanced) – Sarah N. Corbett, CPA, Chief Operating Officer, S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority; Brian D'Amico, CPA, Shareholder, Elliott Davis; Gary T. Pope Jr., Member, Pope Flynn, LLC; Brent Robertson, Managing Director, Stifel Investment Services; Kevin V. Yokim, CPA, CGFO, Finance Director, Florence County

County Council Coalition Meetings/Managers, Administrators, and Supervisors

Freight Rail Benefits For Your Community – Christy Sammon, State Director, GORAIL

Benefits of State Procurement – Stacy Adams, Office of State Procurement, S.C. State Fiscal Accountability Authority

Environmental Regulations Update – Jana M. White, Division of Mining and Solid Waste Management, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

Concurrent Workshops

Building Resilient Communities: Lessons from the Field Doug Bryson, Emergency Preparedness Director, Spartanburg County;Jon Caime, County Administrator, Laurens County; Sel Hemingway, County Administrator, Georgetown County; Kendra Stewart, Ph.D., Director, The Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston

Building Resilient Communities Handout

Strengthening the Local Response to the Opioid Epidemic – Tom Fox, Chief Deputy, Horry County Sheriff's Office; Sara Goldsby, Director, S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services; Eryn Hurley, Associate Legislative Director, NACo; Caitlin Kratz, MSW, LISW-CP, LAC, CACII, Opioid Treatment Program Administrator, Charleston Center

The Power of Public Corruption – Chip Johnson, President, The Johnson Group, LLC

Press Releases