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8/3/2019 to 8/4/2019
Where: Hilton Head Marriott
1 Hotel Circle
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina  29928
United States
Contact: Ryan Tooley

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***Online registration will be disabled at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26. After that date, only onsite registrations will be accepted.***

The South Carolina Association of Counties, in cooperation with the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston will hold the Institute of Government for County Officials (Level I, Level II and Advanced) on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. The Institute is designed to provide the opportunity for county officials to enhance their skills and abilities to function effectively as elected officials. 

Credit for Level II courses will be given to county officials who have graduated from Level I or are within nine (9) hours of graduating from Level I.

Each course is three credit hours. Credits for courses are valid for four years. To receive a certificate for Level I, 27 hours of instruction, including 18 hours of required and 9 hours of elective topics, must be completed.To receive a certificate for Level II, 18 hours of instruction in Level II topics must be completed. There is no certificate program for the Advanced Level. SCAC does not maintain records of credit or issue certificates for Advanced courses. 


The cost per course is $80.00 (before July 12), which includes all materials and coffee breaks. (Lunch is NOT included.)

Download the full conference brochure, including registration form. - You may scan and email the completed form to until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26. After that date, only onsite registrations will be accepted. 

Cancellations must be made in writing. Registrations cancelled before July 12 will be subject to a $10.00 service charge. No refunds will be given after that date — no exceptions. Registration will be $90.00 per course after July 12 and on-site.

CLICK HERE for the updated Institute of Government Agenda


Saturday, August 3

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Level I: Ethical Leadership and Public Service [R]

Level I: Strategic Planning [E]

Advanced: Strengthening Your County’s Fiscal Fitness


2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Level I: Building Effective Intergovernmental Relations [E]

Level II: Effective Communications


Sunday, August 4

9:00 a.m. – Noon

Level I: Legal Issues in County Government [R]

Level II: The Policy Role of Council

Advanced: Bridging the Digital Divide


[R] - Required course in Level I

[E] - Elective course in Level I
*Approved for three hours of continuing education credit for planning/zoning officials and employees.


Hotel Accommodations
All individuals in the SCAC room blocks must be a PAID ATTENDEE of the Annual Conference and/or Institute of Government. Please see below links to book a room at the OMNI or Sonesta. Reservations at the OMNI and the Sonesta must be booked online or by phone. See the below overflow properties link for more information.

CLICK HERE to book at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island!                                     

CLICK HERE to book at the OMNI Hilton Head Oceanfront!

CLICK HERE for information regarding booking a villa through Resort Quest or one of the overflow properties! 

CLICK HERE to book at the Hampton Inn!


Hampton Inn Call Reservations:  1-800-HAMPTON (800-426-7866). Ask for the SC Association of Counties rate or code AOC or call the Sales Department 843-681-7900 x7325. The deadline is July 10, 2019.

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