Building a Place for History
Amy Southerland, AICP, is the Tourism and Special Events Manager for the City of Charleston, SC, where she works with the management of horse-drawn carriage, bus, and walking tours, among other tourism activities. She oversees a staff of eleven, including four Tourism Enforcement Officers, who work with the tour companies to ensure compliance with City ordinances related to the timing, routing, and other issues of tours throughout the City. Amy previously worked as a Planner for Charleston for nine years, which included spearheading the City’s 2015 update to the Tourism Management Plan, which resulted in the creation of her current position. She also worked on all three of the City’s award-winning nominations for the Great Places in America (a program of the American Planning Association): King Street (2014), Broad Street (2012), and Waterfront Park (2009). Amy’s past experience as a licensed tour guide gives her a comprehensive view of tourism from both the industry and management points of view. Amy is a graduate of the College of Charleston’s Urban Studies program and now sits on its Advisory Committee. She also has a bachelor of arts in Historic Preservation and Community Development and is currently completing her Master of Public Administration at the College of Charleston.