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Achievement Award Season Has Arrived

The deadline to submit an entry for the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Achievement Awards is Wednesday, January 29.

The Achievement Awards program serves as a celebration of excellent local government programs. It also gives cities and towns a great way to highlight what they do on behalf of their residents and businesses, and it is a valuable way for municipalities to see others' successful efforts around the state.

The entry form and full details are available online, along with videos and descriptions highlighting winners in past years.

Municipalities have a few decisions to make when creating an application. First, they need to select a project that is substantially complete. Projects that have been submitted previously, but did not win, are only eligible to be submitted one additional time.

Second, municipalities with a population of 20,000 or less can choose to compete in either a population or subject category. Cities and towns with more than 20,000 residents may compete in only one of the five subject categories: communications, economic development, public safety, public service or public works.

After applications are received, the city-designated contact person for each entry will receive confirmation of receipt by email no later than Friday, January 31. Those competing in a subject category will make an oral presentation to a panel of judges at the Municipal Association's office on either February 24 or 25. Association staff will assign presentation times after receiving all entries. The Association will recognize award winners at the Annual Meeting Awards Breakfast held in Charleston on July 18.

For more information, contact Meredith Houck at 803.933.1215 or mhouck@masc.sc.