More than 200 mayors, constituents, public officials, and community and corporate leaders convened in Columbia South Carolina to take part in the two-day 2008 South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors 22nd Biennial Meeting & Community Forum. The event was held on October 30-31, 2008 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, SC.
This event provided an opportunity for the mayors to receive professional development, conduct their biennial business meeting and give back to the community through the community forum that addressed issues that impact many of South Carolina’s citizens.
The theme was “Networking, Engaging and Strengthening Communities”. Participants shared information about a full range of issues in public service and safety, leadership and capacity building, and community development. Participants heard from knowledgeable speakers, attend workshops, panel discussions, and net-worked with colleagues and mayors.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Conference Registration
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. First General Session
Presiding: Mayor Kevin Johnson, City of Manning, President – South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors (SCCBM)
Prayer: Reverend William Alston, Mayor of Awendaw
Purpose & Overview: Mayor Terry Wright, Town of Brunson
First Vice-President, SCCBM
Greetings: Mayor Robert “Bob” Coble, City of Columbia
Ms. Miriam Hair, Executive Director, SC Municipal Association
Introduction of Speaker: Mayor Kevin Johnson
Keynote Speaker: Jeffery S. Kane, Senior VP and Officer in Charge – Federal Reserve Bank
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Second General Session
Introduction of Speaker: Mayor Silas Seabrooks, Mayor of Santee, Treasurer
Presenter: Charles J. Boykin, Esquire, Boykin & Davis, LLC “The New Mayor: Avoiding Legal Problems While Providing Creative and Proactive Leadership.”
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Third General Session
“Critical Issues Facing South Carolina” Participants will engage in a lively discussion on the critical issues facing South Carolina. The issues will include public education, criminal justice, economic development and health care. How members of the General Assembly are addressing these issues will also be discussed.
Tandy Carter, Chief of Police, City of Columbia
SC Representative Joseph “Joe” Neal, District 70
Dr. Janice Poda, Deputy Director, State Department of Education
Dr. Peggy Torrey, Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development, SC Department of Commerce
Moderator: Ray Borders Gray
Sponsored by: Unison Health Care
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Legislative Reception
Entertainment by: Soulfood Jazz
South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors (SCCBM)
Friday, October 31, 208
7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Conference Registration
8:30a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Mayors – Only Breakfast
9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. General Session
Presiding: Mayor Kevin Johnson, City of Manning, President, South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors (SCCBM)
Greetings: Dr. David Swinton, President, Benedict College
Introduction of Speaker: Mayor Terence Roberts, Mayor of Anderson
Keynote Speaker: Katrina E. Spigner “Never Lose Your Voice!”
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Workshop Sessions
A. How Broadband Can Bring Economic Development to Your Town or City (Carolina H)
This session will provide concrete examples of how broadband and internet technologies can bring new high tech jobs to rural and urban communities. Discussion will focus on how rural residents might be able to work from home via a broadband network or provide help-desk and other customer services over broadband.
Presenter: Dr. Jabari Simama, Vice President for the Division of Community Development and Executive Assistant to the President at Benedict College
B. Dealing with the Media: How to play the hand you’re dealt!
Learn how to effectively and proactively deal with the media. During this session, we will address the most common media situations; such as news conferences, media interviews and press releases, as well as explore special or unique circumstances, such as managing a crisis. Participants will engage in practical exercises to better understand how to effectively plan, prepare for, and execute relations with the media.
Presenter: Angela Crosland, Founder, Crosland PR Strategists
C. Changing Demographics and the Implications for South Carolina (Ballrooms AB)
This presentation will cover the changing demographics of the state. It will look back at historic data and compare it to current data and projected trends. The implications of changing population, economic, and demographics will be examined as well as some of the potential issues created.
Presenter: Ron Anderson, VP Research and Technology, NAI Avant, LLC 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Workshops Sessions
D. Using Data and Research to Target Interventions
The magnitude of the foreclosure crisis requires that municipalities and nonprofits target their interventions to neighbors where they will have the greatest impact. In this session, methods will be shared on how organizations can use data to help identify distressed neighborhoods and high concentrations of subprime loans and foreclosed properties.
Presenter: Carl Neely, Regional Community Development Manager, Community Affairs – The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
E. Conflict Resolution: Turning Lemons into Lemonade (Ballrooms FG)
In this workshop, participants will learn effective ways to resolve conflict. Communities are faced with many current and potential conflicts. The way conflict is dealt with has a direct impact on community progress and morale. As a leader, it is important to understand how to resolve conflict. Appropriate conflict resolution, builds consensus and bring positive change.
Presenter: Aldolphus Johnson, SCSU 1890, Extension Agent in the area of Adult Leadership and Community Development
F. The 2010 Census: Understanding Its Impact on You and Your Community (Ballrooms AB)
This panel will discuss the importance of participation in the upcoming 2010 Census and how local partnerships between citizens, local government and faith-based organizations can help improve participation and completion rates for South Carolina. Information will be provided on how much federal money has currently been lost and its impact on local counties, governments and communities, and how proactive collaborative partnerships will help to ensure that local residents, communities and local governments across South Carolina can truly benefit from 2010 Census activities.
Presenters: Dr. Bobby Bowers, State Director, SC State Budget and Control Board Office of Research and Statistical Services,
Doris Glymph Greene, U. S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist
Benjamin Washington Jr., Program Manager for Research and Policy Services for the SC Commission for Minority Affairs
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC-6) U.S. House Majority Whip
Special tribute to South Carolina Senator Kay Patterson, District 19
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Workshop Sessions
G. FDIC Money Smart Financial Literacy Program (Ballroom H)
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recognizes the importance of financial education, particularly for people with little or no banking experience. That’s why we created Money Smart, a training program to help adults outside the financial mainstream enhance their money skills and create positive banking relationships. Financial education fosters financial stability for individuals, families, and entire communities. The more people know about credit and banking services, the more likely they are to increase savings, buy homes, and improve their financial health and well being. The Money Smart curriculum helps individuals build financial knowledge, develop financial confidence, and use banking services effectively.
Presenter: Penny King, Community Affairs Specialist, FDIC-Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
H. Community Organizing and Capacity Building (Ballroom FG)
This workshop will cover some of the critical skills that leaders and volunteers should embrace to maximize their Community Organizing and Capacity Building efforts. Focusing on Relationship-Based principles of engagement, participants will learn how to identify and build a base of concerned individuals, mobilize community members and develop leadership from within to foster an environment where people come together to move toward a common goal.
Presenter: Charles Weathers, President & CEO, The Weathers Group Anita Garrett, VP & COO, The Weathers Group
I. Gang Trends in South Carolina (Ballrooms AB)
This workshop addresses findings from a research project conducted to assess youth membership and participation in gang activity in the Columbia area. The City of Columbia commissioned local criminologists to conduct the study. In conducting the study, the team interviewed gang members, family members of gang participants, and families who were victim of gang violence. As organizer, recruiter, and director of the research team, the presenter will share the findings and implications of this study.
Presenter: Professor Abigail Rogers, Co-Director of Columbia and Richland County Gang Assessment
J. Mayors Blue Chip Investors Program (Ballroom C)
Members of the SC Conference of Black Mayors are helping students and teachers throughout the state learn about saving, investing, managing money and the stock market. The Mayors Blue Chip Investors Program is a grassroots initiative sponsored by the SC Council on Economic Education and funded through a grant from the SC Budget & Control Board. Learn how this initiative prepares students to be economically literate and encourages them to be the next generation of community leaders.
Presenter: Helen Meyers, President SC Council on Economic Education
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fourth General Session
Intro. of Speaker: Mayor Jacquelyn Heyward, Mayor of Hollywood
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Adolphus G. Belk, Jr., Winthrop University
Who’s Gonna Take the Weight? Assessing the Cost of Mass Incarceration in America
Closing Remarks: Kevin Johnson, SCCBM, President
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Biennial Business Meeting
5:00 p.m. Conference Adjourn