City of North Charleston, South Carolina, Mayor Keith Summey declared June 01, 2012 as Say Something Nice Day at a meeting of City Council on May 10. North Charleston is the third largest city in the state. A rousing concert by the new Steel Drum Band of Stall High School preceded the reading of the proclamation.

            Mayor Summey took aim at the negative rhetoric that has invaded society and especially the workplace. The proclamation states in part, “Tens of millions of workers in the United States are disengaged in their jobs because of poor communication, effecting the economy in excess of an estimated $200 billion per year. Sixty percent of workers do not receive compliments on the job leading to worker dissatisfaction.”

            Mayor Summey stated further, “The City of North Charleston has long believed in the importance of effective communication within its workforce. The City is committed to maintaining friendly atmosphere for our employees, citizens, businesses and visitors.”

            Say Something Nice Day originated in North Charleston, SC and Mayor Summey was the first to make the designation. It is now listed in the Chase Calendar of Events. The city previously trained all of its employees in effective communication skills.