Friday, November 15, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 12:10 PM EST
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Western Piedmont Council of Governments 
1880 2ND AVE NW

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Jason Toney 


Regional Housing Forum 

Please join us for a regional discussion regarding housing issues. Housing is one
of the most important economic development issues for our region. At this event
we will hear from a Charlotte developer with substantial housing development experience. Lenders from our area and Charlotte will also speak to challenges and opportunities from their perspective. Elected officials, business and community leaders, local government staff, and other interested persons are welcome to attend. Register early as space is limited for this important regional event. 


8:30am             Registration

8:45am             Welcome, Introduction, and Purpose – Anthony W. Starr, WPCOG Executive Director

8:55am             An Overview of Housing Data Trends – Taylor Dellinger, WPCOG Data & GIS                

9:20am             A Developer’s Perspective – Matt Gallagher, Charlotte Market Lead Developer,
                         Blue Heel Development

10:00am           Break

10:15am           Housing Lenders Panel Discussion – A Panel of Local and Charlotte Lenders Discuss                               Opportunities and Challenges with Lending and Housing Development

Moderator: Sherry Long, WPCOG Assistant Executive Director
Panelists: Jody Street, Senior Vice President, Peoples Bank
                 Steven Gunzenhauser, Vice President for Commercial Lending, BB&T
                 Darrell Johnson, Senior Vice President, Capital Bank

10:55am           Instructions for Breakout Groups

11:00am           Break (5 minutes)

11:05am           Breakout Discussion

What are the barriers to new housing construction?
What should we do regionally or locally to address our housing needs?
If you could wave a magic wand, what would you change to improve our housing?
What are future housing topics and issues that should be discussed and explored?

11:45am           Return to Main Conference Room

11:50am           Rapid Breakout Discussion Reports

12:05pm           Wrap-up and Next Steps – Anthony W. Starr

12:10pm           Adjournment