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.

Preconference Mobile Workshop: yeah, that greenville©

Take a tour of one of South Carolina’s fastest growing Upstate cities. Hosted by City of Greenville officials, participants will receive a behind-the-scenes overview of successful projects along Falls Park, the redevelopment of downtown, the West End and the Village of West Greenville. See how the city built upon its natural resources to turn its downtown into a destination through strategic planning and leveraging public/private partnerships. This session will inspire and give you insight into how your city can take advantage of its unique resources.

The session will include a breakfast at the beginning of the presentation.
The majority of the session is on foot and outside. It will require walking on rough terrain, sidewalks or gravel paths in warm weather. There may be tripping hazards and steep inclines. Please consider this before registering.

Space is limited for this session.

Thursday       8:30 a.m. ­­­­– noon       Cost: $75

Best Practices for Strategic Planning: Leaving Your City Better Than You Found It

Good stewardship of a city and its future is a challenge requiring careful strategic planning. This workshop offers key insight and ideas for the core skills of strategic thinking and creating actionable steps. Learn six critical success factors for strategic planning and thinking, how to add value to your organization by understanding and assessing needs and expectations, and how to encourage and support risk taking and innovation.

Thursday       9:00 a.m. ­­­­– noon       Cost: $60

Media and Messaging in a Digital World

Today’s need for instant gratification affects how you tell your city’s story. During this hands-on workshop, a team of media professionals will give you the tools you need tell your story in digital and traditional media formats.

This session is limited to 35 registrants. 

Thursday       9:00 a.m. ­­­­– noon       Cost: $90