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The Town of Bluffton won a 2022 Achievement Award from the Municipal Association for its multifaceted program promoting officer wellness and normalizing mental health assistance. Mayor Lisa Sulka and Councilmember Bridgette Frazier discuss everything from the community-focused parts, including the creation of a mental health advocacy position, to t…
 
City and town residents need to be able to contact their mayor and councilmembers to raise issues of concern, but exactly how much elected official accessibility should exist is a frequent question. Municipal Association of SC Field Services Managers Ashley Kellahan and Charlie Barrineau discuss.Oleh City Quick Connect Podcast
 
The City of Florence won a 2022 Achievement Award from the Municipal Association for its work to spur new development in a corridor running alongside its downtown, reducing the area’s food insecurity and finding new uses for historic warehouses. Florence City Manager Randy Osterman and Assistant City Manager Clint Moore explain projects in the dist…
 
The City of Rock Hill won a 2022 Achievement Award from the Municipal Association for its rapid deployment of a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic in early 2021. Rock Hill Communications and Marketing Manager Katie Quinn explains how the city helped with logistics, volunteers, transportation and communication, and the lessons learned for ongoi…
 
The Municipal Association invited the South Carolina Policy Council to join its podcast after the SCPC published a report on short-term rental regulations. Casey Fields and Scott Slatton discuss how cities and towns are handling regulatory decisions on short-term rentals with SCPC Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse and SCPC Senior Policy Analyst B…
 
When city councils and other public bodies choose to have public comment periods, they should take care to set rules and expectations, handle speakers consistently and make sure they keep the meeting effectively and efficiently. The Municipal Association’s field services managers, Ashley Kellahan, Charlie Barrineau and Jeff Shacker, discuss issues …
 
Beaufort won a 2022 Achievement Award from the Municipal Association for its project creating upgraded new drainage infrastructure for an area beset by heavy rains, king tides and storm surges. Director of Special Projects Neal Pugliese talks about how the effort brought together numerous entities into a multijurisdictional task force, since the wa…
 
Aiken won a 2022 Achievement Award from the Municipal Association for its effort to create a large-scale drainage solution with an adaptive control system in Hitchcock Woods. City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh explains how the project was developed and funded, and how it benefited from the city’s partnership with the Hitchcock Woods Foundation. See the…
 
Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration recently joined Main Street South Carolina’s training session in Laurens to talk about what the SBA programs and resources can offer to South Carolina’s local businesses. Jenny Boulware talks with Jennifer Kim, associate administrator for the Office of Field Operations; Gregg White, distri…
 
The 2022 Regional Advocacy Meetings are happening through October, giving municipal officials a time to share their thoughts on legislation and other ways the Municipal Association can serve cities and towns. Scott Slatton and Casey Fields recap the meetings that have happened so far including issues discussed, like short-term rentals, enclave anne…
 
Edisto Beach won a 2022 Achievement Award from the Municipal Association for its comprehensive Master Park and Recreation Plan. Assistant Town Administrator Mark Aakhus discusses how the town sought grant funding for the effort, how it brought together wide-ranging public input for the plan and what plan recommendations it has turned into new proje…
 
Hardeeville won a 2022 Achievement Award from the Municipal Association for the development of the 38,000-square-foot Hardeeville Recreation Center. City Manager Michael Czymbor and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Jennifer Combs talk about how the project grew out of a long-running dream, and what it has meant for Hardeeville and its larger …
 
Scott Slatton and Casey Fields discuss the Regional Advocacy Meetings happening in person for the first time since 2019 this fall, where municipal officials can participate in the crafting of future Municipal Association Advocacy Initiatives. The meetings will cover the Association’s civility in government efforts, the impacts of the 2022 elections…
 
Development impact fees, which recover the financial impact of new development for a local government, are regulated in South Carolina by the Development Impact Fee Act. Municipal Association General Counsel Eric Shytle explains how the law works and what municipalities should consider when they are seeking to impose this fee. Learn more: https://w…
 
Fall is a busy time for the Municipal Association’s numerous affiliate associations, with many meetings and conferences providing opportunities for a wide variety of municipal officials to learn, collaborate and network. Two members of the Association’s Education and Training staff, Elizabeth Copeland and Sara Whitaker, take a look at many of the m…
 
Jackie Swindler, director of the SC Criminal Justice Academy, reviews the state of SCCJA’s training efforts for police officers, as well as the recently passed Act 218, or H3050, with Casey Fields and Scott Slatton. Swindler discusses the background of how the law developed and its impact on officer training, procedures, failure to intervene, minim…
 
Casey Fields and Scott Slatton podcast from the lobby of the Municipal Association’s Annual Meeting in Charleston during its second day to speak with several guests. The incoming Association president, Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon, talks about the diversity, equity and inclusion session; Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater shares advice for new mayors atten…
 
The Municipal Association’s advocacy team reviews action from the General Assembly’s 2022 legislative session. Panelists are Director of Advocacy and Communications Scott Slatton, Manager for Municipal Advocacy Casey Fields, and the two legislative and public policy advocates, Joannie Nickel and Erica Wright.…
 
Matt Lehrman, co-founder and managing direction of Social Prosperity Partners, and keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting, talks about how municipal officials can move beyond conflict and engage with every stakeholder in the ongoing work of local government.Oleh City Quick Connect Podcast
 
Outgoing Municipal Association President Kathy Pender, councilmember for the City of Rock Hill, reflects on the importance of civility in government, one of the Association’s ongoing top priority, and steps that local leaders can take to promote civility.Oleh City Quick Connect Podcast
 
Casey Fields and Scott Slatton podcast from the lobby of the Municipal Association’s Annual Meeting in Charleston during its first day, discussing the ongoing “Civility Makes the Difference” message and other sessions with several attendees. They are joined by Seth Duncan, city manager for the City of York; Mayor Greg Habib of the City of Goose Cre…
 
The Municipal Association of SC is focusing on civility in government as one of its top priorities. Executive Director Todd Glover discusses the critical need for a new push for civility, and some of the resources the Association is making available for officials and residents alike.Oleh City Quick Connect Podcast
 
Vehicle crashes are a threat to safety, equipment and insurance costs. Municipal Association Loss Control Manager Bethany Pendley talks about some of the steps that cities and towns can take to improve driving habits and reduce the likelihood of crashes.Oleh City Quick Connect Podcast
 
Joannie Nickel, Scott Slatton and Casey Fields discuss the impact of the state’s budget for cities and towns. Key points include a full funding for the Local Government Fund, funding for PTSD assistance for first responders, body cameras and vests for police and the Firefighter Cancer Fund. The budget also creates increases in retirement system and…
 
The Local Business License Renewal Center, which cities and towns must use to comply with Act 176, is intended as one way to make the license process easier for businesses. Caitlin Cothran and Kaylee Summerton of the Municipal Association’s Local Revenue Services describe lessons learned in the first round of license renewals, and what municipaliti…
 
The Association’s field services manager team has grown, helping each of the members deliver more value to all of the state’s 271 cities and towns. Ashley Kellahan has joined Jeff Shacker and Charlie Barrineau as part of the team. Hear from all three about the services they offer and the territories they cover.Learn more: https://www.masc.sc/Pages/…
 
Erica Wright, Scott Slatton and Casey Fields discuss the Municipal Association’s ongoing efforts to build working relationships with every member of the state’s congressional delegation through meetings in Washington, sharing information on the American Rescue Plan funding and other critical topics, and through congressional briefing sessions with …
 
Municipal Association Executive Director Todd Glover and Chief Operating Officer Jake Broom discuss the upcoming Annual Meeting, taking place in Charleston July 13 – 17, including sessions focused on key themes such as civility in government and economic development.Learn more: https://www.masc.sc/Pages/programs/knowledge/training/2022-Annual-Meeti…
 
Scott Slatton and Casey Fields talk about legislative action at the end of the regular session, including the efforts to get election reform law passed, the passage of the law enforcement “betterment” bill and the state’s American Rescue Plan fund allocation, and also the two versions of the state budget that include funded items for which the Muni…
 
Casey Fields and Scott Slatton talk about legislative action in the next-to-last week of the session, including the law enforcement “betterment” bill receiving third reading, the medical cannabis bill being ruled out of order, and the bill to allocate the state’s American Rescue Plan dollars being amended by the House.…
 
Scott Slatton and Casey Fields talk about the differences between the House and Senate versions of the state budget, as well as the status of the law enforcement reform bill and proposals for addressing gun offenses. They also cover the latest on the service fees bill, the election reform bills and what could happen to the state’s American Rescue P…
 
Casey Fields and Scott Slatton talk about the impacts of House Speaker Jay Lucas stepping down and the creation of the House Freedom Caucus, as well as end-of-regular-session action on the low-income housing tax credit cap bill, the election procedures bill, the law enforcement “betterment” bill and others.…
 
Scott Slatton and Casey Fields talk about the Senate Finance Committee’s approval of the state budget, the 18.1% increase in employer contributions to the State Health Plan, the election bill that would shorten the municipal election certification period and create an early voting period, and the bills that would allow post-traumatic stress disorde…
 
Casey Fields, Joannie Nickel and Erica Wright discuss legislative action during the week of the crossover deadline, the last day for a bill to pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced. They cover the road and user fees bill, the election bill that would create a two-week early voting period, the state’s American Rescue Plan allocations, t…
 
Scott Slatton and Casey Fields talk about the medical cannabis bill, the bill that would extend the state’s e-waste program, the bill that would increase the SC Police Officers Retirement System retiree earnings limitation, the proposed new regulation for alcoholic food products, the proposed cap on the SC Housing Tax Credit and the road fee bill.…
 
Casey Fields and Scott Slatton discuss the railroad business license tax bill, the service or user feed bill that would require fees to be used for the nonexclusive benefit of the payers, the bill that would cap the low-income housing tax credit program, and the campaign filing news that points toward a significant change in the makeup of the SC Ho…
 
Casey Fields and Scott Slatton discuss the completion of the state budget work in the House, including a proviso that would remove earnings limitations for return-to-work retirees in the state retirement systems and a proviso that would fund part of the increase in public employers’ retirement system contributions. They also discuss the status of t…
 
Casey Fields and Scott Slatton discuss the General Assembly’s budget work, including the increase to State Health Plan employer contributions; the bill that would allow counties to place commercial property nuisance abatement costs on property tax bills; the bills that would cut taxes, and legislative action on law enforcement reform.…
 
Scott Slatton and Casey Fields discuss the election reform bill that would expand early voting, the proposed budget proviso that would increase State Health Plan employer premiums, the tax cut bill and the Association’s testimony about following the law on increasing Local Government Fund allocations.…
 
Scott Slatton, Casey Fields and Joannie Nickel discuss the bill that would extend state development permits, the bill that would ban holding phones while driving, the General Assembly’s income tax cut proposals and the status of the state budget.Oleh City Quick Connect Podcast
 
Casey Fields and Scott Slatton talk about the medical cannabis bill, the distribution of the Savannah River Site settlement funds, work on the state allocations for the American Rescue Plan, and the bill that would abolish municipal election commissions.Oleh City Quick Connect Podcast
 
Hear from two veteran political experts from both sides of the aisle to talk about upcoming election cycles. The panel features Reagan Kelley, director of communications and legislative policy for the South Carolina Senate Majority Caucus, and Antjuan Seawright of Blueprint Strategy, LLC. Inman Mayor Cornelius Huff moderates.…
 
Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon offers the report of the Municipal Association’s legislative committee, and the Association’s advocacy team talks through numerous key issues currently debated at the State House. Hear from Scott Slatton, director of advocacy and communications, as well as legislative and public policy advocates Joannie Nickel and Erica Wrigh…
 
Todd Glover, executive director of the Municipal Association of SC, highlights the impact of legislative advocacy for South Carolina’s cities and towns, and takes a look at the Association’s strategic plan for the coming years: economic development, workforce and civility in government.Oleh City Quick Connect Podcast
 
City of Rock Hill Councilmember Kathy Pender, president of the Municipal Association of SC, examines the ways that South Carolina’s cities and towns have risen to the challenges of the pandemic, and what will come next for the state’s municipalities.Oleh City Quick Connect Podcast
 
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