Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center 
201 Breckenridge St
Henderson, NC 27536

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Katie Conner 
Kerr Tar Regional Council of Governments 

Focus 20/20

As Community builders we often feel alone and believe that the challenges faced in our community are unique to us. We often feel we alone must be the one to present solutions. That is not the case. We all share the same struggles and the same issues, and perhaps the solutions can be found by working together.

We hope you will join us on February 20th at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson, NC for Focus 20/20, a regional Economic Development Summit and let’s find shared solutions to our shared challenges.  The Summit will begin at 9:30AM and end at 4:00PM. Lunch will be provided and there will be opportunities throughout the day for networking. 

Keynote Speaker:  Doug Griffiths, author of the best selling book,
13 Ways to Kill Your Community

Doug Griffiths retired from politics in January 2015 to actively pursue his passion of helping communities, organizations and businesses grow stronger. In his best-selling book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, Doug identifies challenges and opportunities that all our communities’ face. The lessons that come from those stories are applicable to all type of communities, whether they are towns, organizations, or businesses.

He asserts our biggest challenge is not that we lack good plans, but that we lack the right perspective and attitudes. That is why Doug helps communities identify what is holding them back from finding success, and then helps them overcome it. Then, he helps to build them back up and works with them to find their pathway to success.

Doug’s talents include: seeing through the lies we tell ourselves, overcoming bad attitudes, targeted and focused tactical planning, communicating with those who are afraid of change, and building enduring prosperity for communities. His passion lies in building strong communities, because within strong communities leadership can succeed, businesses can prosper, and families can find great quality of lives.

A complete agenda will be available soon!  Please check back for updates!

We look forward to connecting with you on February 20th.  Be sure to guarantee your attendance by registering as soon as possible. 

Register soon! First 50 participants to register and attend will receive a free copy of Doug Griffiths' 13 Ways to Kill Your Community!


Event Sponsors:                                                                               

  • Franklin County Committee of 100                           
  • Henderson-Vance Industrial Park
  • Tommy and Jenny Hester                           
  • Region K Community Assistance Corporation      

Event Lunch Sponsors:

  • Franklin County Economic Development Commission
  • Granville County Economic Development Commission
  • Henderson-Vance County Economic Development Commission
  • Person County Economic Development Commission
  • Warren County Economic Development Commission