Spartanburg Area Chamber to launch Political Leadership Institute


The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program, the Spartanburg Political Leadership Institute (SPLI), designed to educate current and potential elected officials about the election process and what it means to be a public servant.

“Serving the community by holding an elected office is a tremendous responsibility and sacrifice, and we applaud those that currently hold elected positions and those that may be pondering a campaign,” said Allen Smith, president and CEO of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. “This process can be intimidating, and the issues are often complex. We hope that SPLI will sharpen the saw for elected officials and assist others in their decision to seek public office.”

The SPLI will assist in an individual’s decision-making process, as this four-hour workshop prepares aspiring public leaders on what to expect and how to approach a campaign. Participants will hear from experts on what is necessary to organize and execute a successful political campaign, including: The Real Scoop On Public Service; Defining a Viable Candidate; Business Issues; Election Process and Offices; Raising Money; and Media and Public Relations.

The 2016 Spartanburg Political Leadership Institute is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 4-8:30 p.m. at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost to attend is $25 per person. Registration is now open at


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