A Future Together:
Connecting Our Urban & Rural Communities


Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:45 PM EDT
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The Clayton Center, Clayton N.C
111 East Second Street
Clayton, NC 27520



Alana Keegan, Engagement Specialist
Triangle J Council of Governments 

We have long heard about the urban-rural divide, a phenomenon which undoubtedly pits urban and rural communities against one another. However in the Triangle J region, the diversity of our communities - in geography, demography and community- is our greatest opportunity.

Join Triangle J Council of Governments, along with elected officials, local government staff, and stakeholders from across our region to celebrate our diverse urban, rural, and suburban communities, and leverage similarities to create regional solutions for regional challenges.

Keynote Panel: Connecting Regional Businesses to Greater Opportunity 

A discussion of diverse businesses across the region, the challenges they are facing, and how local government leaders can help them continue to succeed. 


 Adrienne Cole, President & CEO, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce  

Adrienne heads the Triangle’s largest nonprofit business membership organization representing two-thirds of the private sector employment in Wake County. Previously, Cole served as the Chamber’s senior vice president of Economic Development and executive director of Wake County Economic Development where she led her team to recruit new business, support existing industries, market Wake County and the Triangle region, and help companies attract the talent needed to grow and thrive. Under Cole’s  guidance, Wake County Economic Development and the Greater Raleigh Chamber announced more than 30 corporate relocations and expansions totaling over $250 million in capital investments and creating more than 5,000 new jobs. 


Steven Bean, Senior Managing Director, Situs Financial 

Steven has approximately 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate transaction and financial services industry. Mr. Bean is responsible for business development and client relationship management for Situs, and oversees diligence services delivered by the Eastern Regional offices including New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; and Robbins, NC. Diligence services include commercial real estate loan advisory, loan underwriting, data aggregation, valuation and credit administration support. 

  Michael Goodmon, VP Capitol Broadcasting 

Michael leads one of the country's most dynamic urban mixed-use developments, the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. As vice president of real estate for Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., the campus' owner and master developer, Michael manages the day-to-day activities of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of class A office, restaurant, residential and retail space. He scopes and develops new projects and opportunities including Rocky Mount Mills, the American Underground startup hub (three locations in Durham, one in Raleigh), as well as solar/alternative energy real estate investments. 

 Napoleon Wallace, Assistant Secretary for Rural Economic Development, NC Department of Commerce 

Napoleon manages the support for North Carolina’s  rural communities, leading a team of specialists that help communities make the  necessary preparations and infrastructure investments to attract business and spur  economic growth. With over 15 years of experience in finance and community economic  development, he has served in various roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career. Prior to his current role, he served as the Social Investment Officer at the Kresge  Foundation, focusing on making program- and mission-related investments into Health and Human Services sectors.    

Thanks to Our Sponsors For Their Support of Our Region's Success    







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