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Councilmember Octavia Williams-Blake, Municipal Association president, and Councilmember Patty Smyer
Councilmember Octavia Williams-Blake, Municipal Association president, and Councilmember Patti Smyer
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Councilmember Patti Smyer from the Town of Edisto Beach has graduated from the Advanced Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. Graduates received their certificates during the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Hometown Legislative Action Day.

Offered exclusively for graduates of the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government, the Association established the Advanced Institute in 2014 to provide elected officials with continuing education through classroom instruction and interaction with experienced peers.

"The Advanced Institute gives mayors and councilmembers an opportunity to explore topics of interest to cities and towns in greater depth," said Urica Floyd, staff associate for distance learning for the Municipal Association.

Officials participate in at least four of six courses to graduate from the Advanced Institute. Topics include public safety, budgeting, utilities, advocacy, economic development and governance.

The Advanced Institute draws its faculty from South Carolina and across the country including recognized local government leaders, state officials, and college and university faculty.

Established in 1986, the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina that gives municipal officials a strong foundation in the operation of municipal government. 

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