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SC's Municipal Association Celebrates 85 Years

Reba Campbell

  In 1930, Ibra Charles Blackwood was elected governor of South Carolina, the state’s population was about 1.7 million, the first TV commercial aired in Boston and the great depression was bearing down on our country.  1930 was also the year when a group of South Carolina mayors met formally for the first time at the Jefferson Hotel in Columbia and voted to establish the Municipal Association of South Carolina.  They were following a national trend of establishing statewide associations to help municipal officials become better leaders in a changing world.  In recognition of this 85th anniversary, the Municipal Association of SC has published a coffee table-style book that overlays the association’s history with state politics, demographic trends, national issues, and business relationships.

Mike Switzer interviews Reba Campbell, deputy executive director at the Municipal Association of South Carolina in Columbia.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.