Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT 
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** Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.**


Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center 
1801 Nash St
Sanford, NC 27330

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Alana Keegan 
Triangle J Council of Governments 


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Economic Growth Knows No Boundaries

Join leaders from local government, higher education institutions, non-profits and private entities for the 2018 Triangle J Council of Governments Regional Summit to discuss the region's rapid and successful economic growth, examine how partnerships can help local governments overcome the barriers and challenges that come with this growth, and highlight regional economic development strategies to ensure the Triangle region is ready for future investment. 

Full Summit Agenda **AICP CM Credits Approved**


When a company moves to the region, its leaders want to know that there are higher education assets and resources, and a continued production of talent. Even further, they want a dependable workforce that is skilled, adaptable and passionate the community they live in. This keynote panel of higher education leadership from Central Carolina Community College, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and Piedmont Community College will discuss the partnerships they are pursuing with one another and other local entities to train a dynamic workforce, assist in economic development activities and build communities that are thriving and equitable for all residents.

Event Agenda

8:30 - 9:30 am Registration & Breakfast

9:30 am Welcome Remarks

10:00 - 11:00 am Morning Keynote: Developing a Regional Workforce

11:10 am Breakout Sessions

  • Designing Inclusive Communities with Michael Haley, Wake County Economic Development and Summer Alston, City of Durham
  • How to Envision Growth with Caley Patten and Sheri Metcalf, City of Durham and Monica Chapparo, City of Raleigh
  • Looking at Land Use Planning on a Regional Scale with Tim Brock, Research Triangle Foundation;Patrick Young, Durham City/County Planning; and Kofi Boone, NC State University

12:00 pm The Impacts of Inequitable Growth with Ralph Gildehaus, MDC and John Hodges-Copple, TJCOG

1:00 pm Regional Awards Ceremony

  • Region J Vision Award

Tru Pettigrew & Tony Godwin, Town of Cary

  • Region J Public Service Award

Jeffrey Carver, Johnston County, Chair

  • Brian R. Benson Memorial for Community Appearance

Neighborhood Improvement Project, Town of Cary

1:30 pm Breakout Sessions
  • The Unique Role of Our Public Schools in Economic Development with Andy Bryan, Lee County Public Schools; Anne Honeycutt, Wake County Public Schools; and Jim Keaton, Durham Public Schools Nutrition Program
  • How to Build Citizen Engagement Into Your Projects with Whitney Slightenham, City of Roanoke
  • Connecting Our Communities Through Regional Infrastructure with Brandon Jones and Hanna Cockburn, NC Department of Transportation; Joe Milazzo, Regional Transportation Alliance; and John Talmadge, GoTriangle

2:30 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Context Driven Solutions for Accessible and Affordable Housing with Karen Kennedy, City of Sanford; Kate Rumley, Brick Capital CDC; Paul D'Angelo, City of Asheville; and Stephanie Watkins-Cruz, Chatham County
  • How to Talk About Growth with John Fugo, Mosaic at Chatham Park; Karen Rindge, WakeUp WakeCounty; and Stacey Beard, Town of Clayton
  • Smart Growth & Water Resources Collaborative** Using Development Projections in Long-Range Water Infrastructure Planning with Aspen Romeyn, TJCOG; Pat Davis, Orange Water and Sewer Authority; and Pat Davis, City of Durham

3:30 pm Closing Remarks

4:00 pm The SandboxSeries Showcase at Hugger Mugger Brewery

Regional Innovation #SandboxSeries Showcase

Join TJCOG, the Town of Garner, NC State University CleanTech Center, Orange County and the City of Sanford for a networking hour and showcase hosted by The Sandbox, a new initiative at TJCOG focused on breaking down silos in goverment and providing a safe space to think about the most challenging issues facing our region.

Learn about these four pressing challenges and cast a ballot for the challenge you think think would benefit most from innovative, regional solutions.