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About the Riley Center

Mission Statement

The Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities is an interdisciplinary initiative of the College of Charleston whose mission is to leverage the intellectual resources of the College to support the economic and cultural vibrancy of the City of Charleston and other communities throughout South Carolina, the United States, and around the world. 

Vision Statement

With access to the resources of the College of Charleston’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Riley Center seeks to be a leader in livable community research, education and practice.

The Riley Center defines “livable communities” as those which are economically and culturally vibrant, with equitable access for all residents to education, jobs, healthcare, and housing as well as diverse opportunities in arts, culture, and recreation.

Core Competencies

The Riley Center achieves its mission by connecting community needs with faculty, staff and student expertise.  The Center has five core competencies under which is offers a variety of services.  These five areas are:

1)    Nonprofit and Local Government support
2)    Public Health and Sustainability
3)    Public Safety
4)    Education, Arts and Culture
5)    Urban Design, Planning and Housing

To learn more about research projects and services performed by The Riley Center, you can click on a particular area or use the links provided in the navigation menu.

Professional Services

The Riley Center offers a variety of professional services tailored to fit the needs of the client.  Services include:

  • Strategic planning, program evaluation and policy analysis
  • Leadership training and coaching
  • Meeting and focus group facilitation
  • Board training and team development
  • Grant writing and research support
  • Surveys, data collection and data analysis
  • Faculty research support