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Upstate Political Leadership Institute to Train Our Future Leaders

Posted by: Zachary Heltsley on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 Ready to give back to your community? Learn how to run for office at the Upstate Political Leadership Institute. 


As election season rolls around, we can all look forward to the calls, commercials, mail and visits at your front door from campaigns explaining why their candidate should be elected.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I could do a lot to help my community if only I knew how to get a campaign started or what I needed to do to run for office?” Well, the Greenville Chamber is here to help!

Each year, we put on the Upstate Political Leadership Institute to equip you with the tools you need to run for office. Our goal is to emphasize why it is important for pro-business leaders to get involved in public service. We want you to succeed at every level from City Council to Congress!

Our nonpartisan program teaches various subjects about running for office, including fundraising, grassroots strategies, media relations and the election process. This two-night course, November 8th – 9th, is designed to educate you on the basics of running for office and to give you a taste of what you can expect as you weigh your decision to run. You will hear from local officials, consultants and other experts who will give you the straight scoop on what you need to know before taking the plunge.

Here is what graduates of the program have to say:

“Whether you are interested in pursuing elected office, donating your time to a campaign or simply wanting a Local/Statewide Politics 101, The Upstate Political Leadership Institute is worth the investment. The program is well-structured and includes a binder with resources; not to mention the excellent speakers, presentations and panelists who contribute their time and experiences to attendees. Tough questions were asked and honest answers were given. It is the environment to get real exposure to the systems and the people who ‘make it happen’ in the Greenville and South Carolina political landscape.” – Lindsey McMillion Stemann

“The Institute was a great experience for me. It provided a genuine chance to hear from and engage with people currently serving in various levels of public service in South Carolina. The information I got through the presentations and forums was invaluable as I continue to make the decision whether or not to run for office. I signed up for the Political Leadership Institute because I love serving my community. It showed me how realistic it is to make a difference by communicating with your state and local representatives. I would definitely recommend the program.” – T.J. Rumler

The institute will be held on November 8th – 9th from 5:15-8:00 pm at the Greenville Chamber (24 Cleveland Street) – dinner will be provided both evenings. If you wish to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, you can sign up here.

I look forward to meeting you there!


Zachary Heltsley is the Greenville Chamber's Fall 2017 Business Advocacy Intern. Zachary is majoring in Communication at Bob Jones University.



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