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Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities

Welcome to the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities. The Riley Center houses programs of academic study, research and community service. While the Riley Center has served the College of Charleston and the greater Charleston community since 1978, the renaming of the Center in 2010 reflects a more applied and committed focus to enhancing urban life in the Charleston area.

The Riley Center is committed to forging connections between the campus and the broader community. It focuses on sustaining the legacy of Mayor Riley through programs and projects directed at various aspects of developing and maintaining livable communities in urban, suburban, and rural context. The Center carries out its mission by assisting in connecting community needs with faculty and student research interests, facilitating the attainment and administration of grants, providing expertise and assistance to public and nonprofit organizations, and supporting several academic degrees. The goal of fostering livable communities builds off current expertise among College faculty and helps to foster new areas of strength.

For more information on the Vision, Mission, and Services offered by the Riley Center, please visit our About Us page.

For more information on Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., please click here.

Current Events and Projects

Charleston Illumination Project listening sessions:

Tuesday, April 12, 4pm & 6:15pm- Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center, 30 Race Street

Wednesday, April 13, 6pm- ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Drive, co-sponsored by NAACP

Wednesday, April 13, 4pm- Blackmer Hall at Bishop Gadsden, 1873 Camp Road on James Island

Thursday, April 14, 4:30pm & 6:30pm- St. Andrews Middle School, 721 Wappoo Road

Tuesday, April 19, 4pm & 6:15pm- James Island Charter School, 1000 Fort Johnson Road

Friday, April 22, 9am- Charleston County Historic Courthouse, 2nd floor Grand Courtroom, 84 Broad Street

Tuesday, April 26, 4pm & 6:15pm- Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center, 30 Race Street

Wednesday, April 27, 7pm- Shaw Center, 20 Mary Street

To learn more about current events and projects going on at The Riley Center, please visit our blog.