Fall Advocacy Meeting and Institute of Government for County Officials

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 12:00am to Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 11:45pm

Fall Advocacy Meeting

Held in October, this meeting enables representatives of all 46 counties to take a leadership role in shaping the Association's legislative policy positions. This time is used to review recommendations presented by SCAC's steering committees and learn more about critical issues facing county officials.

Register for the FAll Advocacy Meeting


Economic Update

Reports of the Policy Steering Committees

Thank you to Our Corporate Partners!

Institute of Government for County Officials

The Institute of Government for County Officials (the Institute) is a training program designed to equip county officials with the tools needed to enhance their skills and abilities to function more effectively in their positions. SCAC provides the Institute in cooperation with the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston. Clemson University’s Master of Public Administration Program is a sponsor of the Institute.

First offered in 1989, the Institute curriculum has been enhanced over the years to reflect current information that county officials need to know in order to be effective leaders. 

Register for the Institute of Government


8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Registration

9 a.m. - Noon

  • Level I (E): Developing Good Leadership Skills – Bill Tomes, Executive in Residence, Riley Center for Livable Communities at College of Charleston
  • Level II: The Property Taxation Process – Sanford Houck, Special Projects Coordinator, SC Department of Revenue; Amelia Ruple, Local Government Training/Research Coordinator, SC Department of Revenue

Noon-2 p.m. Registration

1 – 4 p.m.

  • Level I (E): Managing and Conducting Meetings* – John DeLoache, Senior Staff Attorney, SCAC; Helen T. McFadden, Attorney, Kingstree SC
  • Level II: Economic Development – Bonnie Ammons, Executive Director, SC Rural Infrastructure Authority; Peggy McLean, Director, Integrated Rural Strategies, SC Department of Commerce; Jay Schwedler, President and CEO, Sumter Economic Development; Cyndi S. Turnipseed, Legal Counsel, SC Coordinating Council for Economic Development

 *Approved for three hours of continuing education credit for planning/zoning officials and employees.

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