International Walk to School Day!

Schools all over the world participate in the Walk to School Day event which typically falls on the first Wednesday of October each year. With that in mind, mark your calendars and if your school or community would like to register for this year’s event you can go to this website:

If you cannot celebrate the event on the official day, don’t worry! October is Walk to School Month, so any event held in October counts as an International Walk to School Day event.

For three years in a row, South Carolina has achieved the highest participation rate in the Nation for the International Walk to School event!

South Carolina finished in the top three percent in the United States for the number of school events in 2014. For the International Walk to School Day Event, South Carolina set a new all-time record with 336 events registered across the state (the previous record was 277 events in 2013). Last year was also South Carolina’s highest participation rank since it started participating in the iWalk (Walk to School Day) events. The state surpassed its previous record by 21%, with 1 in every 3 elementary and middle schools in the state participating in the event. Let’s build on that record in 2015!

Webcast – “Managing Conflict in the Workplace”

The S.C. Association of Counties is pleased to offer live webcast training via SCBTV, a continuing education service of the South Carolina Bar.

The webcast topic is:

Managing Conflict in the Workplace (
Instructor Nick Elzy of Optimal Dynamic Solutions will help participants understand conflict and identify typical conflict resolution styles. Participants will complete a self-assessment and learn to recognize conflict strategies in themselves and others. Each participant will learn his/her preferred conflict resolution style, the inherent strengths and weaknesses of each style, and when each style is most effective. This training session will also emphasize skills for managing and, in some cases, preventing the occurrence of unhealthy conflict.

Participants will be encouraged to send questions to the instructor via email during the webcast.

The webcast can be viewed in any training room where there is internet access through a laptop computer connected to an LCD projector/external speakers.

A tip sheet ( has been included so you can review the instructions for joining live webcasts and share them with your Information Technology staff in advance, if needed.

If you plan to participate in the October 8 webcast, please check to be sure you can access the SCBTV web page ( SOON AS POSSIBLE.
If you can see the blank video window or a program is in progress on the web page, then you should be able to participate in the webcast. If you cannot access the web page, please ask your network administrator if a firewall is blocking your access.

If your network administrator cannot correct the problem, please call Leslie Christy-Jennings at 1-800-922-6081 ext. 335.

Additional information about viewing, setup, and handouts will be sent to the entities that register prior to the webcast.

If you have questions or need more information in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Hazard Mitigation Workshop

Please mark your calendar and plan on attending the Hazard Mitigation workshop scheduled for October 20 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Farmer’s Market, Columbia, SC. The workshop will be an interactive learning event with presentations of successful grant management and mitigation projects. The workshop is free, but due to limited seating, registration is required. This will be an informative and interactive day! State and local governments, private industry, and any other parties with a mitigation or risk reduction interest are encouraged to attend.

The HMA Workshop Registration Form and Invitation Flyer are attached here (HM 10-20-15 Workshop Registration Form 9-2-15) and here (HM 10-20-2015 Workshop Flyer 9-2-15).

Please register for this workshop by October 12, 2015.

For more information you can contact Howard van Dijk at 803.737.8798 or email him at

South Carolina East Coast Greenway Steering Committee Meeting

The South Carolina East Coast Greenway Steering Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 5th in the Buist Room of the North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston.

Ronda Pratt, State Trails Coordinator with SC Parks, Recreation & Tourism will serve as our guest speaker and will discuss funding opportunities through her agency. We will also discuss statewide and regional updates, in addition to interim routing changes.

Please let us know in advance of the meeting if your region has any proposed changes to the interim East Coast Greenway routing, which can be found at:

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come and participate. We look forward to seeing you all in November!

Please RSVP at:

Agenda: SOUTH CAROLINA EAST COAST GREENWAY Agenda for 11 5 15 (Draft)

For more information you can contact either:

Vonie Gilreath MCRP, M.Ed.
Mobility Manager/Senior Planner
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments
Tel (843) 529-0400 ext. 202


Leigh Kane
Senior Planner
Horry County Government
Planning & Zoning
Tel (843) 915-7034

To learn more about the East Coast Greenway you can go to their website at


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