Advocacy meetings start in August

​Municipal officials have 10 opportunities each fall to learn about legislative issues and take part in establishing the Association's legislative initiatives by attending a Regional Advocacy Meeting.

These meetings, which are for elected officials and city staff, will feature discussions about pending business licensing legislation, the work of a legislative committee on pension reform and other issues. Time will be set aside for municipal officials to share matters of importance to their city.

"The Regional Advocacy Meetings are the starting point for the Association's work in the upcoming legislative session each year," said Reba Campbell, the Association's deputy executive director. "Discussions with local officials at these meetings determine our priorities, and it's important that elected officials and city staff attend to get their local issues heard."­

The meetings will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and lunch will be included. The locations are organized by council of governments region, but officials may attend any session that is convenient.

There is no charge for the meetings, but registration is required for an accurate head count for lunch and handouts.

August 15 – Myrtle Beach, Historic Train Depot

August 16 – Garage at Whitner Economic Development Office, City of Anderson

August 17 – Main Street Junction, City of Union

August 23 – The Arts Center, City of Orangeburg

August 24 – Lawton Park, City of Hartsville

September 11 – Swan Lake Visitor's Center, City of Sumter

September 20 – Coliseum Club North at the North Charleston Coliseum

September 21 – Colleton Museum and Farmer's Market, City of Walterboro

September 27 – Lexington Town Hall

September 28 – The Arts Center, City of Greenwood

Registration will open following the Annual Meeting. Contact Casey Fields at or 803.933.1256 for more information.