Advanced Advocacy and Intergovernmental Relations
Elected officials advocate daily for residents, businesses and visitors in their hometowns across the state. Participants in will take their legislative advocacy skills to another level with an in-depth training on State House leadership plus chamber rules and procedures, to successfully navigate the legislative process on behalf of your hometown.
Participants will get an insider's look at the State House with a behind-the-scenes tour to better familiarize themselves with how to find who around the capitol complex. This session goes beyond specific issues to examine the complexities of how a bill becomes law and the many rules that govern the process. Senior legislative staff will brief participants on how House and Senate rules affect how a bill is handled in each body.
A panel of seasoned lobbyists will talk with session participants about the challenges and many moving parts of working a bill through the legislative process.
Advanced Budgeting and Finance
Advanced Budgeting and Finance will pick up where the MEO Institute's "Basic Budgeting and Finance" course left off. Presenters will focus on topics such as budget management, governmental accounting, annual audit, debt management and more.
Advanced Leadership and Governance
Advanced Leadership and Governance will take an in-depth look at the leadership role of municipal elected officials. Participants will learn about how to develop a bold vision for their hometowns and how to develop sound public policy to carry out that vision.
Advanced Municipal Economic Development
Advanced Municipal Economic Development will concentrate on how to identify a municipality's unique assets, promote these assets, develop strategic partnerships, and use available tools and incentives to encourage private sector investment and job creation. Experienced municipal economic development professionals and consultants will present these topics and illustrate successful strategies and projects using case studies.
Municipal Utility Policy and Administration
Most South Carolina municipalities own and operate their own utility systems. These systems are critical to the health and safety of residents and their economic prosperity. Participants will learn the basics of utility policy and administration, including the legal authority municipal utilities have to operate and to serve new customers. Presenters will discuss the environmental regulatory system, compliance requirements and the need to build effective working relationships with regulatory agencies.
Through an introduction to utility system engineering, attendees will gain a better understanding of elementary engineering concepts and terminology. In addition, an experienced utility administrator and bond attorney will discuss best management practices and financing options to operate a municipal utility system successfully.
Public Safety Policy and Administration
Public Safety Policy and Administration will focus on the elected official's leadership role and responsibilities related to public safety. Experienced public safety and municipal court practitioners will discuss police, fire and municipal court policies, best practices and operations.