May 2024


SCAC Annual Awards Applications Open

Entries are now open for the 2024 J. Mitchell Graham/Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Awards Competition.

The J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award recognizes counties that address community challenges, implement operational improvements or enhance their residents’ quality of life in a unique way.

The Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award highlights the growing need for regional partnerships, strategies and solutions. Applications for this award are open to two or more political subdivisions (counties, cities, districts or councils of government) that worked together on a project. State agencies, nonprofits, and private companies may be partners, but these entities should not be the primary or the only partner for Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award applications.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, Aug. 12.

Check out the Awards Toolkit to submit your application online, read through frequently asked questions and see examples of previous winning projects.

Still have questions? Reach out to Susan Turkopuls at

Submit Your Entries


SCAC Awards $25,000 in Scholarships

The recipients of the 2024 SCAC Board of Directors Scholarship and the 2024 SCAC Presidential Scholarship have been announced.

The SCAC Scholarship Selection Committee had a difficult task this year. High school seniors from four counties – Clarendon, Kershaw, Laurens and Marion – were eligible to apply for this year’s Board of Directors Scholarships. High school seniors from Pickens County were eligible to apply for the 2024 SCAC Presidential Scholarship, in honor of SCAC President and Pickens County Council Vice Chairman Roy Costner III. Each scholarship is a one-time $5,000 award for students planning to attend a South Carolina college, university or two-year technical college this fall.

This year’s recipients are Manning High School senior Parah Anderson of Clarendon County, Camden High School senior Laina Williams of Kershaw County, Clinton High School senior Chandler Dailey of Laurens County, Latta High School senior Rylyn Marsh of Marion County and Liberty High School senior Isaac Esuary of Pickens County.

Left: Liberty High senior Isaac Esuary was recognized at a recent Pickens County Council meeting. Right: Parah Anderson receives her award from Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart.


Join Us for the 2024 Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 Annual Conference and Institute of Government from July 29-31 at Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms.

Get all the details, including the agenda, in the 2024 Annual Conference Fact Sheet.

Register for the Annual Conference
Register for the Institute of Government


Fairfield County Takes to the Skies during 19th Annual Wings and Wheels Festival

Fairfield County Airport hosted more than 1,000 visitors earlier this month for the 19th Annual Wings & Wheels Festival, which showcases the county's airport and flight school.

The daylong event featured airplanes, classic cars, and first responder vehicles. Students from The Midlands STEM Charter School demonstrated their robotics skills, and visitors had the opportunity to take airplane rides around the festival and watch professional parachuters. 

See more photos from this year's event.

Charleston County's Sean Dove Awarded Certified Floodplain Manager of the Year

Sean Dove, of Charleston County’s Building Inspection Services Department, has been recognized for his service as a floodplain manager.

The South Carolina Association for Hazard Mitigation recently awarded Dove the Certified Floodplain Manager of the Year award for his commitment and outstanding contributions to floodplain management.

Dove’s recognition is a reflection of his dedication to elevating standards in new construction, pioneering outreach initiatives and enhancing the Charleston Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan and Community Rating System. 


Retirement Planning Workshop in June

The South Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association will host a special Planning for Retirement: Making the Most of Your Options session during its annual conference June 14 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

The workshop will be a comprehensive overview for retirement planning and helpful to local government employees just starting out, in the middle of careers and nearing retirement. Cost is $30 and includes breakfast. Learn more.


Grant Writing Workshop in Spartanburg

Grant Writing USA and the Spartanburg Police Department will present a two-day grant writing workshop June 27-28.

For beginning and experienced grant seekers across all disciplines, the training will teach attendees how to find the funding sources and write winning grant proposals. 

Tuition is $495. SCAC members receive a $30 discount with the code "ASSN." Learn more.

Visit our Grants page


What County Officials Need to Know About Social Media

Almost everyone today has some form of social media presence. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or LinkedIn. Controversy often can arise when a social media page belongs to an individual who also is a public official.

This County Focus article explains what a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling means for county officials.

Check Out NACo's Tech Learning Opportunities

NACo will offer several free webinars in May and June on the use of artificial intelligence in county government. They will also host a cyberattack simulation to help counties learn to address cybersecurity issues involving partner access to critical systems.

Learn more and register.


SCAC hosted a County Finance Roundtable for county administrators and finance directors to share insights on trends and challenges they face.

Participants, in person and via video conference, discussed staffing challenges, including retaining top talent and finding dedicated grant writers.

Thanks to our participants, who joined us from Aiken County, Beaufort County Government SC, Dillon County, Dorchester County Government, Florence County, Georgetown County, S.C., Greenwood County, Horry County, Richland County, Spartanburg County and Williamsburg County for a robust discussion!

#LocalLeaders #StatewideStrength

May 4 was International Firefighters Day, a great time to celebrate our county fire service members and all they do to keep our communities safe.

The day was especially momentous for Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins, who was recently recognized at the State House with a resolution for his 45 years of dedicated and committed service.

SCAC is so thankful for all of the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe in our darkest times.

#LocalLeaders #StatewideStrength #IFFD

📸 Courtesy of Richland County, South Carolina

Let's give a big round of applause and a heartfelt thank you to all the incredible Animal Control officers out there!

In honor of National County Government Month and National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week, SCAC recognized these officers for their dedication, compassion, and hard work keeping animal friends safe and communities thriving!

From rescuing animals

in need to educating the public about responsible pet ownership, they make a big difference in the lives of animals and humans alike.

#NCGM #ThankYou


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