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Association Highlight: Council Goal Setting Facilitation

​The Municipal Association of South Carolina's two field services managers travel the state to offer hands-on technical assistance, training and consultations to help cities and towns address challenges.

Their work includes helping with goal-setting sessions for city and town councils — a way of talking through the goals desired by each councilmember into an overall set that the council agrees should be addressed in coming years. In recent years, the managers have led about 15 of these meetings per year.

For these sessions, councilmembers are asked to be prepared to share the goals they want, which members then rank in terms of "must do" items as well as "should do" and "could do" items. Councils can then vote to adopt the final compiled and ranked list by resolution.

Learn more about field services by contacting one of the managers, whose territories are divided by councils of governments regions. Contact Jeff Shacker at for the Appalachian, Catawba, Central Midlands and Upper Savannah regions. Contact Charlie Barrineau at for the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester, Lowcountry, Lower Savannah, Waccamaw, Santee Lynches and Pee Dee regions.