The Association of South Carolina Mayors
held its winter membership meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at The Manor at Doko Meadows
in Blythewood. More than 50 mayors attended to hear Governor Nikki Haley and members of the House and Senate discuss important issues in the legislature and how to work together in the coming year. Mayors representing big cities and small towns had the opportunity to talk with Governor Haley about her priorities for South Carolina and how cities and towns can be a catalyst to move the state forward.
"I was pleased to not only have the Governor address the Association of SC Mayors but also to have her spend time to respond to some sharp questions from the mayors. She listened, engaged and stayed with us far longer than her planned schedule," said Mayor Dick Cronin, City of Isle of Palms
and president of the Association of SC Mayors.
In her discussion with the mayors, Governor Haley stressed the importance of cities and towns being prepared for companies looking to locate in their area and provide jobs to their residents. Haley also encouraged the mayors to work with each other and her office to bring more jobs to the state.
The mayors also heard from Rep. Beth Bernstein
and Senators Ross Turner
and Katrina Shealy
who reiterated the importance of local government officials making sure their legislators have a full understanding of the challenges cities and towns are facing. All three legislators agreed that transportation funding will be a major priority in the 2014 session.
The Association of SC Mayors was formed in 2011 under the umbrella of the Municipal Association of South Carolina
to provide opportunities for South Carolina mayors to more fully engage in advocating for issues that affect cities and towns; to network, share ideas and best practices with other mayors; and to take part in educational activities. The Association of SC Mayors currently has 130 members.