News briefs

​David Seifert, chief financial officer for the City of Greer, received this year's Professional Achievement Award from the SC Municipal Finance Officers, Clerks and Treasurers Association.

The American Planning Association named Uptown Greenwood one of 15 Great Places in America, an honor recognizing "exemplary planning that has resulted in stronger, healthier and more just communities."

The Charleston Fire Department earned a favorable rating on its annual compliance report from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, affirming its status as an internationally accredited fire department. It is one of 22 departments in the country to be accredited and rated ISO Class 1.

The cities of Charleston and Greenville took the No. 1 and No. 3 spot, respectively, in Condé Nast Traveler's 2017 Readers' Choice Awards survey, "The Best Small Cities in the U.S."