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Civic Leaders Academy
Prepare Yourself to Have a Greater Impact to Public Service

Civic Leaders Academy is an advanced and informative public service training program designed to identify, cultivate and train individuals from across our region to both run for public office and serve on appointed boards and commissions. Through the Civic Leaders Academy, individuals will gain a better understanding of data-driven decision making, strong peer relationships and valuable community connections.

In partnership with:
Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS
Inaugural Civic Leaders Academy Graduates

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Civic Leaders Academy class. In partnership with Charleston Trident Association of Realtors and Charleston Home Builders Association, this advanced and informative public service training program helped this great group of individuals from across our region learn how to both run for public office and serve on appointed boards and commissions.

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About the Program

Class of 2024 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 23: 8:30am – 1pm – Location: Charleston Home Builders Association
  • Wednesday, May 22: 8:30am – 1pm – Location: Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS (CTAR)
  • Wednesday, June 5: 1pm – 6:30pm (Program 1pm – 5:30pm; Reception: 5:30pm to 6:30pm) – Location: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

In 3 half-day sessions with regional and national experts, participants will learn:

  • Gain insight on campaign fundraising and budgeting
  • Deeper understanding of polling and data driven decision making
  • Enhance knowledge of regional issues and what is expected from a civic leader
  • Build valuable community connections and peer relationships

Ideal Candidate:

  • Desire to serve on a board, commission, county council, city council, or in the state house/senate
  • Eager to learn about government’s role in community development, economic prosperity, transportation and infrastructure

Submit Your Civic Leaders Academy Application

Application Timeline:

Applications Open: February 12
Applications Close: March 15
Notification of Selection: April 1

Tuition:

Tuition for participants employed by Chamber member companies/organizations, Charleston Trident Association of Realtors or Charleston Home Builders Association is $325. Tuition for participants who are non-members is $500.

Upon acceptance to the class, tuition is due in full by Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Tuition fee payments are final and are not refundable once the applicant has accepted their spot in the class.

Civic Leaders Academy Staff

Bailey Vincett
Director of Government Relations
843.471.2611
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Diamond Curry
Manager of Government Relations
843.471.2589
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