May conference to help Sumter get behind headlines

April 24, 2013

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May conference to help Sumter get behind headlines

“What's Next, South Carolina?” to feature experts to broaden civic engagement

APRIL 24, 2013 – Sumter will host one of a new series of community public affairs conferences that seek to help leaders and managers get better context about the issues shaping South Carolina’s future.

“What’s Next, South Carolina?” will be held May 30 at the Health Sciences Center at Central Carolina Technical College in downtown Sumter with experts on government, economics, education and health care providing background on major issues facing the state and region. A similar conference will be May 29 in Florence. Others are planned for Charleston, Beaufort and Columbia. 

“It’s not uncommon for people who have moved into South Carolina or long-time residents to feel like they’re missing something in the continuing public debate about why we seem at the bottom of lists year after year when it seems like we should be improving,” said Andy Brack, publisher of Statehouse Report and a syndicated columnist in the Florence Morning News. “Our day-long conference in Sumter will help people better understand how public policy is impacting them and how they can be a voice to make things happen.”

Presenters include Brack; Dr. Jo Anne Anderson, past director of the S.C. Education Oversight Committee; Rozalynn Goodwin, director of policy research at the S.C. Hospital Association; and Dr. Harry Miley, an economist who chaired the S.C. Board of Economic Advisors under S.C. Govs. Carroll Campbell and David Beasley.

Sponsors of the event include: Black River Electric Cooperative, Central Carolina Technical College, The Item, Sumter Economic Development and Thompson Southeast.

The cost to attend the conference, which begins at 9 a.m. May 30, is $79.00. A catered lunch will be served. Interested participants can reserve a seat through: .


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