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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.