​General Sessions

Opening Session

Friday   9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

During the opening session of the 2019 Annual Meeting, join hundreds of municipal elected officials and staff to start this year’s meeting with dynamic speakers who will explore the lasting impact of local government in South Carolina. 

Legislative Update

Saturday  11:00 a.m. – noon

Municipal officials play a critical role in advocating for municipal interests in the General Assembly. Get the latest information on bills impacting cities that passed during the 2019 session, and learn what local officials can do to prepare for the 2020 session.

Breakout Sessions

Connecting Law Enforcement With the Communities They Serve

Thursday  2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

When her husband, Officer Gregory Alia with the City of Forest Acres, was killed in the line of duty in 2015, Kassy Alia Ray sprang into action. Within hours, she was calling for unity between police and community. Her efforts have since grown from a social media hashtag to a movement receiving national attention for its impact. In this presentation, Alia Ray will describe the strategies used by her organization, Serve & Connect, to facilitate police and community partnerships and reflect on opportunities for fostering effective collaboration in communities statewide. 

Preparing Your City for Opportunity Zone Investments

Thursday  2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

“Opportunity zones” have the potential to help create solutions to some of your community’s biggest economic challenges. Learn how to identify and market potential projects to opportunity zone investors. 

Economic and Demographic Trends Affecting South Carolina

Thursday  3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

This presentation will provide an economic outlook for the state, including a discussion of key population and economic trends affecting state and local governments.    


Returning Residents to Work and Banning the Box  

Thursday  3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

The SC Department of Corrections deployed promising new programs shown to increase employment opportunities of formerly incarcerated individuals. Whether through removing the criminal record question on applications or other methods, learn how to reconnect residents to employment opportunities after they have paid their debt to society.

Weather and Climate: Change in the Air?

Friday   2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Since 2015, South Carolina has experienced an unprecedented number of catastrophic weather events. Learn the science behind changing global weather patterns and how the changes impact the frequency and severity of North American catastrophic events.

Getting the Conversation Started with Social Media

Friday   2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

With widespread adoption of social networks and multimedia options, there are more ways than ever to connect with residents. Learn what questions need to be answered before launching a social media initiative, how the Freedom of Information Act applies and how to integrate social media into resident outreach.

Building Community Trust for Police

Friday   3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

In order to build trust and end the hostility that threatens the well being of residents and police officers, Serve & Connect is working to build relationships and connect communities and the people who serve them. Hear from a panel of law enforcement professionals and the founder of Serve & Connect about how fostering these transformative relationships can build community.

Addressing Residential Short-Term Rentals: A Tale of Two Cities

Friday   3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

South Carolina cities and towns are facing challenges related to increasing nonhotel nightly rentals in their communities. These challenges can be managed using technology, policy and enforcement. Hear the steps that the Town of Mount Pleasant and City of Folly Beach took to address residential short-term rentals.

Mayors’ Roundtable

Friday   3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Networking and educational session for mayors

Sponsored by the Association of South Carolina Mayors

Addressing Veteran Housing Needs

Saturday  10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a call to action for local leaders to commit to making sure that every veteran has a home. Hear how this initiative aims to help communities drive down the number of veterans experiencing homelessness while building systems that support lasting solutions.

Demystifying Film Production in South Carolina

Saturday  1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

There is a lot of misunderstanding around the film industry and how it works in the state of South Carolina. In the past 25 years, productions filmed in South Carolina have produced more than $1 billion in revenue. Hear how a Lowcountry community created a tourism department that embraces film opportunities and how your community can benefit from this industry. 

Small Town Roundtable: Planning and Zoning

Saturday  1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Small towns face enormous challenges with running day-to-day operations and complying with state and federal requirements. This is especially true of towns that administer their own planning and development regulations. During this interactive session, learn the requirements of the SC Planning Enabling Act and steps that your town can take to achieve and maintain compliance.

Muni-Pub Trivia

Saturday  2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Come to the Muni-Pub and test your municipal knowledge with a “spirited” game of municipal-specific trivia.