State of the Region 2019 hero

State of the Region

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

11 a.m.: Registration & Networking
12 p.m.: Program Begins

Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa

Keynote Speaker: Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley

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Future Member: $65
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One of America’s longest-serving mayors will be the keynote speaker at the State of the Region. Joseph Riley served as the Mayor of Charleston for 40 years, from 1975 through 2016, and was at the helm of the city during its transformation into a top destination. Charleston is now recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States.
Mark your calendars to hear Mayor Riley speak about accomplishments and leadership, and what the Lowcountry can learn from Charleston’s success. The program will also feature local updates from Hilton Head Island Mayor John McCann, Beaufort County Council Chairman Stu Rodman, Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka, and Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams.
About the Speaker:
Mayor Joseph Riley graduated from The Citadel in 1964 and the University of South Carolina Law School in 1967, and served in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1968 to 1974.
Known for his innovative redevelopment projects, Mayor Riley led Charleston’s transformation into a top cultural destination. Under his leadership, crime rates decreased, and the city experienced a remarkable revitalization of its historic downtown business district. He also saw the creation and growth of Spoleto Festival USA, added significantly to the City’s park system including the highly celebrated Waterfront Park, developed nationally acclaimed affordable housing, and experienced unprecedented growth in Charleston’s size and population. He also led the city through the rebuilding after Hurricane Hugo’s devastation, and the Mother Emanual AME Church shooting.
Mayor Riley has held numerous national leadership positions and received many awards and distinctions. President Barack Obama presented him with the 2009 National Medal of the Arts for cultivating Charleston’s historic and cultural resources to enhance public spaces, and for revitalizing urban centers throughout the U.S. as the founder of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.
Today, Mayor Riley is a professor of American Government and Public Policy at The Citadel and Executive in Residence at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston. He was the first Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. Mayor Riley is also currently working to build the International African-American Museum.


Read more about our interview with Mayor Riley

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