2015 Conference

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“SECoPA 2015: Research & Application:

Promoting Effective Public Service”

Charleston, South Carolina

September 30 to October 3

Hosted by the College of Charleston

and the Lowcountry Chapter of ASPA

Register Online for SECoPA 2015 Here

SECoPA 2015 Mail-In Registration Form Here



We are pleased to release the SECoPA 2015 Conference Program. If you have a problem or concern please contact SECoPA 2015 Chair, Jo Ann Ewalt. Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals to SECoPA 2015. We look forward to seeing you at SECoPA 2015.


The Embassy Suites at North Charleston will serve as Conference Center for the SECoPA 2015. The Conference rate for single or double suites is $135.00 + 13.5% tax per night. This beautiful hotel offers complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception with beverages and snacks, complimentary shuttle to the Charleston International Airport, WiFi, and free parking. The Embassy Suites is located at 5055 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC. For reservations, call (843) 747-1882 or you may book your room online. The group code is SEC.


Due to limited space at the Embassy Suites, the Hilton Garden Inn will serve as the overflow hotel for SECoPA 2015. The Hilton Garden Inn is located within walking distance of SECoPA 2015 at 5265 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC. The conference rate for single or double suites is $139.00 + 13.5% tax per night. You make book your room online. If you wish to upgrade to a suite, require an accessible room, or want to extend your stay, please contact the Hilton Sales Department by calling 843-308-9330 and selecting option 3. The discounted SECoPA 2015 rate is only available if you book on or before September 11.


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Join us Friday, October 2nd 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm for a special evening reception aboard the Carolina Queen at The Charleston Marina! Guests will enjoy a sunset harbor cruise aboard Charleston’s very own Mississippi-style River Boat, complete with working paddlewheel & smokestacks. Live music, refreshments, & Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ will help make this a night to remember!

This will be a ticketed event. Registration fees include the cost of one ticket. In order to attend, Conference Registrants must indicate so on their registration form. Event attendees will be issued their tickets at registration check-in.

Shuttle transportation will be provided, but is limited. Shuttle boarding will begin at 6:00 pm at the conference hotel, Embassy Suites. The return shuttle will begin boarding at The Charleston Marina at 9:30 PM. Driving directions & parking information for The Charleston Marina will be made available for those who wish to drive separately or arrange their own transportation.

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Charleston Harbor Cruise Itinerary

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

6:00pm | Begin Boarding Shuttle
6:30pm | Hotel Departure
7:00pm | Arrival at Marina
7:30-9:30pm | Harbor Cruise
9:30-10:00 | Return to Hotel
**ONE TICKET PER REGISTRATION – Only one ticket is included per registration and you must indicate that you will attend on the registration form. If you would like to bring a guest to this event, additional tickets can be purchased via our online store. The additional guest ticket price is $67.00, which includes event admission and transportation.

Contact Kate DeWitt for more information or with questions.



This year’s keynote speakers are Mayor Joseph P. Riley and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

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Mayor Joseph P. Riley

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley is a visionary in the field of urban design and the creation of livable cities. In ten terms as the mayor of Charleston, Mayor Riley has drawn on and nurtured the city’s historic and artistic resources to reinvigorate it, economically and culturally, setting a national standard for urban revitalization in the process. His success spurred him to create, with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in 1986, which has brought more than 800 mayors together with acclaimed architects, urban planners, developers, and others to help transform communities through design and stewardship. In 2009, Mayor Riley was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for his tireless support of culture and the arts.



FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate. Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.