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The preconference workshops are open to all municipal elected officials and anyone working in municipal government. These are additional educational opportunities not included in the general registration fee. The fee to attend depends on the workshop selected.

Transforming North Charleston: Community Development in Action

Attendees from large and small cities will benefit from learning how North Charleston transformed its economy and physical environment. The city has implemented creative economic development projects, built sustainable neighborhoods, restored historic buildings and constructed attractive streetscapes. See how the city has complemented these improvements with new programs and services, resulting in a more vibrant and livable community.

Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes breakfast)

Dress comfortably. The workshop involves some walking. The buses will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. from the Charleston Place Hotel.

Realizing the Full Potential of Your Hometown’s Public Spaces

Placemaking is both a philosophy and process for creating public places that builds on a community’s assets, inspiration and potential. Learn what processes and techniques are used to envision and create special public places and how these places attract pedestrian activity and economic investment.

Thursday 9:00 a.m. – noon
Cost: $60

Speak Up with Confidence

Even the most experienced speakers can find new ways to connect with audiences and engage them more effectively. Using hands-on demonstrations, participants will learn how to build audience rapport, fine-tune their delivery and make every point clear. This session is limited to 35 registrants.

Thursday 9:00 a.m. – noon
Cost: $90

The Basics of Parliamentary Procedure

Sponsored by the Association of South Carolina Mayors

Mayors and councilmembers will learn from a certified parliamentarian the basics of parliamentary procedure, including running a meeting and handling motions. This session is limited to 40 registrants.

Thursday 9:00 a.m. – noon
Cost: $40