It's time for affiliate membership renewals

Did you know that the Municipal Association of South Carolina manages almost a dozen affiliate organizations? These affiliates offer relevant and timely training to municipal employees working in specialized professional fields.

Participating in the affiliate groups is an excellent way to stay current on issues and increase organizational knowledge and readiness to effectively deliver municipal services.

Beyond traditional face-to-face learning, the affiliate groups offer members opportunities to share best practices, experiences and specific questions related to their profession. Members receive discounted registration fees for all training sessions.

Listserves are a significant member benefit. They allow questions to be sent simultaneously via email to all listserve members. The members see all responses, which are maintained in an online archive.

Affiliate memberships run on a calendar basis. Existing members will receive a renewal notice in December. All municipal officials and staff are eligible to join by contacting the affiliate's staff contact.

"The Association urges elected officials and management staff to encourage their professional staff to participate in one or more of the affiliate associations," commented Eric Budds, deputy executive director.

Municipal Court Administration Association of SC
MCAA offers training to court administrators, clerks of court, municipal judges and other employees involved in court administration. MCAA, which has 225 members, also offers opportunities for members to share ideas to make the business of court administration more efficient.
Staff Contact: Lesley Stone

Municipal Technology Association of SC
With 104 members, MTASC promotes the effective use of technology by municipalities. Recent training sessions included information about network administration, cloud computing, geographic information systems and mobile applications.
Staff Contact: Lesley Stone

SC Association of Municipal Power Systems
All of the state's 21 municipal electric utilities are members of SCAMPS. Originally, SCAMPS existed solely for the utilities to help one another during times of disaster. Today, the group also focuses on legislative initiatives and provides training for elected officials, management staff and operational personnel.
Staff Contact: Eric Budds

SC Association of Stormwater Managers
SCASM offers its 196 members quarterly training on stormwater management policies and best practices. Training regularly includes updates on proposed changes to stormwater regulations and  case studies featuring innovative programs and practices.
Staff Contact: Lesley Stone

SC Business Licensing Officials Association
BLOA, with its 314 members, promotes best practices for administering and enforcing the local business and professional license tax through training sessions and the professional designations of Accreditation in Business Licensing and Masters in Business Licensing.
Staff Contact: Scott Slatton

SC Community Development Association
SCCDA provides educational forums for its 149 members to address economic and community development needs as well as share best practices and successful case studies.
Staff Contact: Lesley Stone

Municipal Finance Officers, Clerks and Treasurers Association
MFOCTA offers its 217 members training programs covering the wide range of responsibilities of finance officers, clerks and treasurers. It also sponsors the Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute with the Municipal Association and the University of South Carolina's Institute for Public Service and Policy Research.
Staff Contact: Jeff Shacker

Municipal Human Resources Association
MHRA promotes sound human resources administration and encourages innovative programs. Through its training programs, MHRA provides information and the opportunity to exchange ideas among its 214 members and stay up to date on ever changing state and federal labor law and court rulings.
Staff Contact: Lesley Stone

SC Utility Billing Association
SCUBA provides training to its 157 members on utility billing, collections and customer service. Programs frequently include topics such as customer service skills, workplace safety, and best practices in utility billing and collections.
Staff Contact: Ken Ivey

During the past year, the Association's affiliate groups conducted approximately 38 days of specialized training with more than 2,300 municipal staff members and associate members participating.