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Local Government Services


Parker Poe Consulting’s Local Government Services Team has more than 90 years of experience leading and advising local governments. Our leaders — Milton Pope, Ed Driggers, and Clay Killian — have backgrounds as the top administrators for municipalities and counties. We help cities and towns, counties, special purpose districts, and other local governments with interim management, management consulting and coaching, executive recruitment, and project management.

We have particularly deep experience with strategic planning, including helping municipalities envision a community master plan and build it. We understand the financing methods available for large-scale projects and how to manage their day-to-day construction. We have expertise on downtown streetscapes and hotels, local government complexes, community parks, parking garages, educational facilities, and other municipal developments.

We also have strong connections within the world of local government, including through our past leadership roles with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC), the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC), and the South Carolina City and County Management Association (SCCCMA). Milton and Ed are both credentialed managers by the ICMA and are both past presidents of SCCCMA as well.

In addition, we are uniquely positioned as the subsidiary of Parker Poe, a full-service law firm. When legal needs arise for local governments – including in the areas of economic development, public finance, tax credits and incentives, and litigation – we can bring in Parker Poe attorneys to provide seamless, responsive service.

Featured Experience

  • Led cities through the planning and implementation of a community master plan, including through a public-private partnership.
  • Helped a city go from a challenging financial situation to a sustainable and significant growth trajectory, with no tax increases.
  • Oversaw the construction of a $23 million municipal complex and a range of other government buildings.
  • Oversaw the construction of community parks, recreation facilities, and arts centers.
  • Led efforts to achieve an “All-America Community” designation for a county.
  • Helped a county and cities achieve credit rating upgrades.
  • Oversaw the hiring of a variety of city and county executives.
  • Led the planning, execution, and renewal of multiple penny tax programs.
  • Led initiatives to attract, recruit, and hire senior-level administrators, managers, and department directors.