Owen graduates from MEO Institute of Government

COLUMBIA — Pickens City Councilwoman Donna Owen recently graduated from the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. Graduates received their certificates during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Hometown Legislative Action Day on Feb. 4.

Established in 1986, the institute is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina that gives municipal officials a strong foundation in the operation of local government. Participants learn about the role of elected officials, as well as administrative staff. Municipal officials also learn about the relationships between local, state and federal levels of government.

The institute includes two daylong sessions and three morning sessions.

“For more than 30 years, the association has encouraged local elected officials to participate in the institute, whether they are newly elected or have served for a while,” said Urica Floyd, staff associate for distance learning of the Municipal Association. “This institute gives elected leaders with diverse personal and professional backgrounds an understanding of how to run a local government effectively.”

Officials participate in more than 25 hours of classroom work in order to graduate from the institute. Highlights of topics covered during the sessions include the S.C. Freedom of Information Act, ethics and accountability, budgeting, planning and zoning, human resources and economic development.