Don’t Miss Out On 2012 Planning Training Opportunities
The Appalachian Council of Governments, as part of efforts to provide training for local government officials, has been providing the requisite Planning Education training sessions to ensure local government commission members and staffs meet training requirements established by the SC Legislature in Article 9 of the SC Code of Laws. Training is mandatory for local government planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals and architectural review boards, as well as staff who directly or indirectly work with planning officials. New members must complete a six hour curriculum their first year to be eligible to serve on boards or as staff for planning officials. Then in subsequent years members and staff must complete three hours of continuing education to remain certified.
Each year the COG provides orientation training for dozens of newly appointed officials and continuing education for an average of over 225 people throughout the region each year. There are several opportunities during the year to sign up for one of our orientation or continuing education training sessions. The schedule of classes is posted on the COG website along with registration instructions. The orientation and continuing education classes have been refined this year to provide a more focused training session that addresses the specific questions of the attendees. These changes allow for more discussion on a broader range of issues in an effort to better meet the needs of our communities. There is a $25 fee per person for classes held at COG offices and $35 for those held at remote sites. For more information please contact Jennifer Vissage at 242-9733.
The 2012 Schedule