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Small Cities Council
Small Cities - Kirk Mays
United Way of Kershaw County Mobile Nutrition Center Director Kirk Mays (far right) speaks to three mayors and council members from across the country about how the center works. The mayors and council members -- joined (from left) by the United Way’s Kayla Teran and Pam Spivey -- were in Camden as part of the annual conference of the National League of Cities’ Small Cities Council. During his talk, Mays mentioned that many people simply come up and knock on the door asking for food. - photo by Martin L. Cahn/C-I

More than 30 mayors and council members from across the country -- some from as far away as Wyoming and Texas -- visited Camden on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to participate in the National League of Cities' Small Cities Council annual conference. During the visit, the council participated in information sessions at Central Carolina Technical College covering topics such as workforce training, economic vitality, affordable housing, utilities and opportunity zones. They also visited various locations around Camden, including the Archives and Museum, Robert Mills Courthouse, National Steeplechase Museum, Aberdeen, and City Arena, where they watched fire prevention and community oriented policing presentations from the city’s fire and police departments.

Friday, council members visited the United Way complex -- including Food for the Soul and the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County. The city wanted to show the benefits of having nearly all of the county’s service organizations in one central location.

Included here are pictures from their visit to the Holsten Center campus on East DeKalb Street.