Educational efforts are a key function of the Municipal Association of SC, which offers professional development that allows elected officials and staff serve their cities and towns better.
The Association has affiliate organizations that help communities of peers in various fields of local government to network, learn through specially developed training and share best practices and experiences. The affiliate associations have listserve systems that make sharing information and best practices around the state easier and faster.
The Municipal Association provides management support to the boards of directors for each affiliate, a group elected by that affiliate’s membership.
All of the affiliates’ membership applications and renewals for 2022 will be available on January 4. The nominal membership costs provide each participant with discounted training registrations and access to that group’s closed listserve.
The affiliate organizations available through the Municipal Association include these:
Municipal Court Administration Association of SC
provides training for court administrators, clerks of court, municipal judges and other employees involved in court administration. Staff contact: Sara Whitaker
Municipal Technology Association of SC
exposes members to a broad range of technology systems, platforms and solutions. It offers training for IT staff, those with GIS responsibilities and employees working in other departments but whose duties include technology services. Staff contact: Sara Whitaker
SC Association of Municipal Power Systems
focuses on legislative initiatives, mutual aid and provides training for elected officials, management staff and operational personnel of the electric cities in the state. Staff contact: Elizabeth Copeland
SC Business Licensing Officials Association
promotes best practices for administering the local business and professional license tax through training, networking and the Accreditation in Business Licensing and Masters in Business Licensing credentials. Staff contact: Elizabeth Copeland
SC Community Development Association
training focuses on economic and community development needs, best practices and successful case studies. Members come from local and state government as well as private industry, elected positions and volunteer positions. Staff contact: Sara Whitaker
SC Municipal Attorneys Association
annual training, designed for city and town attorneys, complies with the Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on CLE and specialization requirements for continuing education credits. Staff contact: Eric Shytle
SC Municipal Finance Officers, Clerks and Treasurers Association
training covers the diverse job responsibilities of its members. MFOCTA sponsors the Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute with the Municipal Association and the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities. Staff contact: Elizabeth Copeland
SC Municipal Human Resources Association
helps members stay current on state and federal labor law and court rulings. Its trainings are accepted by national human resources organizations for continuing education credits. Staff contact: Sara Whitaker
SC Utility Billing Association
trains members on utility billing, collections and customer service. Programs frequently focus on customer service skills, workplace safety and best practices in utility billing and collections. Staff contact: Ken Ivey