Joe Riley Mayors’ Design Fellowship Inaugural Class Named

Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston announces today the eight Mayors who have been selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Riley Mayors’ Design Fellowship. The 2019 Riley Mayors’ Design Fellows are:

Mayor Corrin F. Bowers, III of Estill
Mayor Harry Williams of Hardeeville
Mayor Carl Melvin Pennington, IV of Hartsville
Mayor Michael C. Butler of Orangeburg
Mayor Rosa Lee Privette of Patrick
Mayor John P. Gettys, Jr. of Rock Hill
Mayor Brandy Hart Amidon of Travelers Rest
Mayor Richard Blake Sanders of West Pelzer

"The Riley Mayors’ Design Fellowship is about seeking excellence and together elevating the municipalities that fuel our state,” said former Charleston mayor, Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

The program equips South Carolina mayors with the tools necessary to implement projects that positively impact the built and/or natural environment in their communities. Preparation and research occurs throughout the fall with support from Clemson’s Master of Resilient Urban Design students. The culmination is in February with a two and a half day design workshop held at the College of Charleston during which each mayor presents the challenges and opportunities of his or her project. From this presentation, mayors receive feedback as well as information on relevant design and planning topics from a group of expert faculty. Each mayor will return home equipped to begin a transformation.

Mayors were selected from a competitive group of nominees based upon demonstrated visionary leadership and the quality of an idea for a physical project to improve community character and drive development.

About Riley Mayor Design Fellowship

The Riley Mayors’ Design Fellowship, a Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities program, works with mayors across the State of South Carolina to build stronger cities and towns. With roots in the former SC Mayors’ Institute for Community Design and modeled after the national Mayors’ Institute on City Design which was founded by Mayor Riley, South Carolina is the only state to have such a program. In addition to the Riley Center for Livable Communities, the Fellowship receives support from partners Edens, BOUDREAUX, the SC Arts Commission, the Municipal Association of South Carolina, and Clemson University’s Master of Resilient Urban Design program. Additional investors and supporters are welcomed. Learn more about Riley Mayors’ Design Fellowship at