Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST
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Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) 
123 Vivian Street
Durham, NC 27701

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Daytime parking in Downtown Durham is very limited, and the garages listed on the DPAC website for event parking may not be open. You should expect to pay between $9 and $15 depending on location for the whole day. DPAC recommends the following decks and resources:

Bus & Bike
DPAC is just a 7-minute walk from Durham Station, which is served by buses from Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Durham, Hillsborough, RTP, and Raleigh. Plan your transit trip here: http://www.gotriangle.org/

There are three dockless bike share systems in Durham. Want to ride into the event? Find an available bike here: http://durhamnc.gov/3219/Bike-Share 

If you have a smartphone you can also download the Transit app, which will let you plan your transit trip, see real-time bus arrivals, and show locations of all bike share bikes in one easy-to-use app. 


Aspen Romeyn 
Triangle J Council of Governments 

Connecting to Opportunity Summit 

Learn About the Opportunities of the Coming Durham-Orange Light Rail

The Durham-Orange Light Rail line that will connect Chapel Hill and Durham is moving forward toward construction. This investment in transit and station area neighborhoods will promote economic growth, increased access to opportunity, affordability, and equity. 

Join us for the CONNECTING TO OPPORTUNITY SUMMIT: a day of learning and discussion with local and national experts.

This event is hosted by GoTriangle, Gateway Planning, and Triangle J Council of Governments.

Limited seating still available! Registration deadline extended until Friday, February 2nd!


9:30 to 9:45am | Opening Remarks - Many Places, One Community
The Honorable Bill Bell

Bill Bell will welcome attendees and provide his perspective on why the region has embarked on this effort and the promise Light Rail can bring in advancing community goals.

9:45 to 10:00am | Steps Ahead
Jennifer Robinson, Cary Town Council and Chair, GoTriangle Board of Trustees

Jennifer Robinson will present the opportunities this regionally significant project promises as part of a transit network spanning Wake, Durham and Orange counties, including the steps ahead as the Light Rail moves forward to full funding and construction.

10:00 to 11:00am | Gateway Station + Patterson Place: A Case Study in Opportunity and Place-Based Economic Development
Tony Sease, Civitech; Patrick McDonough, GoTriangle; Scott Polikov, Gateway Planning; Brandon Palanker, 3BL Strategies

The value of place – specifically walkable, mixed use and transit rich neighborhoods – has become a key driver in corporate relocation decisions, which are now heavily influenced by the demands of a talented workforce. Learn how appropriate development at and around Light Rail stations can help attract the knowledge workforce and the companies that employ them, with a closer look at concept plans for the Gateway and Patterson Place stations as a case study.

11:00 to 11:30am | #LiveConnected
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Durham Mayor Steve Schewel

The Town of Chapel Hill and the City of Durham will share their visions and aspirations of a more connected region, with a focus on the social and economic benefits.

11:30am to 12:30pm | #Housing4all
John Hodges-Copple, Triangle J Council of Governments, Moderator; Meea Kang, Related California; Karen Lado, Durham; Loryn Clark, Chapel Hill

One of the most pressing issues facing the Triangle Region – and the nation – is a lack of attainably priced and workforce housing.  Learn from national experts about how innovation and partnerships present an opportunity to incorporate that housing into station area development.

12:30 to 1:00 pm | Pick Up Lunch

 1:00 to 2:00pm | Joint Development, Financing and Placemaking in the TOD Context
Brandon Palanker 3BL Strategies, Moderator; Linda McMahon, CEO of the Real Estate Council of Dallas; Geoff Green, GoTriangle; Tyler Niess, Red Propeller

From transit agencies to the development community, transit-oriented development opens up many possibilities to leverage federal funding for local placemaking. Panelists will discuss the intersection of public and private investment for TOD neighborhoods.

2:00 to 2:45pm | Small can be Big - Small Residences and Accessory Units in Walkable neighborhoods
Scott Polikov, Moderator: Peter French, Rising Barn and Jonathan Coppage, R Street Institute

A growing trend is the “small home” phenomenon.  Learn how innovative solutions such as micro units, small homes and accessory dwellings can provide choice and mitigate gentrification or displacement through the provision of attainably priced housing and a new source of income for home owners.

2:45 to 4:15pm | Shrinking the Region by Growing Together Near Transit
Patrick McDonough, moderator; Wendy Jacobs, Durham County Commissioner and DCHC-MPO Vice Chair; Damon Seils, Carrboro Alderman and DCHC-MPO Chair; Michael Goodmon, Capitol Broadcasting; Roger Perry, East West Partners

How expansive are the opportunities for connectivity within the corridor and into the greater region? What does light rail and forward-looking station area development mean for access to jobs? The panel, a cross section of interests from county government, town government, and the private sector, will discuss how the light rail system and associated station area development can provide lifestyle and fiscal benefits throughout the region.

4:15 to 5:00pm | Transit-Friendly, Walkable Neighborhoods
Andre Pettigrew, Durham Moderator; Ben Hitchings, Chapel Hill; Sara Young, Durham; Meea Kang, Peter French; Linda McMahon; Scott Polikov

A region is really a collection of neighborhoods and places.  Municipal and private sector panelists will discuss the broader implications of good neighborhood design and development that the initiative represents.

5:30 to 7:30pm Social Hour at Tobacco Road Sports Bar (280 S Mangum St, Durham)



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