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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

February Public Policy Luncheon

Thursday February 16, 2017 @ 11:45 AM @ The Lourie Center WADE LUTHER, our February Public Policy Luncheon speaker, and statewide transportation planner for the SC Department of Transportation, and an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certified planner is a graduate of both USC and Clemson (MS, City and Regional Planning). He was awarded the South Carolina American Planning Association Chapter "Plan of the Year" Award for his work in 2006, 2008, and 2012.

Wade is currently the program manager for the $26 million State Planning and Research (SPR) program, where he is responsible for oversight of several SCDOT planning initiatives, as well as coordination of funding for the state's eleven Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO's) and ten Councils of Government (COG's).

Wade will be discussing the SCDOT's most recent Multi-Modal Transportation Plan (MTP) effort and how it relates to the Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) and Act 114, which drive project selection and prioritization.

In his spare time he enjoys his family and friends at Lake Wateree. He resides in Camden, SC, with his wife, Teri, and son, Waylon. He and his wife are expecting their second child this May.

All are welcome, but reservations for a catered lunch are required no later than Wednesday NOON, February 15. Cost of lunch: $10.00 (Attendees may bring their own lunch). Please RSVP to Susan James or call 256-6822

Welcome to the website of the Columbia Area League of Women Voters

Please join us, the members of the League of Women Voters of the Columbia, as we illustrate how we are Making Democracy Work. Voter Registration is one of our main goals, but beyond that, we are striving to find ways to actually get voters to the polls. We also have a vested interest in most of the official policy statements of the national organization. Our environment is showing the effects of global warming already. As an agricultural state, we carefully watch what our legal bodies try to accomplish. We are most concerned with energy sources being constructed and with our state's willingness to receive the nuclear wastes from outside our state. We worry about and speak to legislators concerning healthcare in the community. We welcome new citizens to our country. We provide education about our legislative groups both locally and for the state. We advocate more careful use of monies for our water and sewer systems and our roads and bridges.

Board Members and Committee Heads

Upcoming Events:

"Saturday, December 3, 2016 Winter Social"

January 19, 2017 -- Issues surrounding Women's Health at this present time, 11:45am, Lourie Center

January 28, 2017 -- LEAD Day, 9:00am - 3:00pm, South Carolina Education Association, 421 Zimmelcrest Drive

Program Planning Meeting TBA

February 16, 2017 -- Water and Environment issues, 11:45am, Lourie Center

Special Members

Sarah Leverette and Keller Barron honored by USC Sarah Leverette and Keller Baron are lifetime members of the Leage of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. Their papers, letters, and records were placed in the USC Political Collections Library. They were honored with a celebration on March 10, 2016, at the Hollings Special Collections Library. The event honored the creation of the Sarah Leverette Collection.

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