Rural to Urban: Past Lessons Planners can Apply Today

APA North Carolina Chapter


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. EDT

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Planners seldom have strong working knowledge of detailed economic activities of past leadership decisions going well back over 100 years.  Fortunately, devling into our North Carolina agrarian past can awakennew tools and techniques reflecting proven historical successes.  These stories resonate with the community and inspire leadership.  The panelists will share a few of these stories that will help the audience gain a greater awareness of the host community and Eastern North Carolina.  

In addition, the innovative techniques used by our forefathers can inspire the audience to explore authentic tools in their own communities.  Specifics on transportation influences including building plank roads, rail and port improvements; infrastructure improvements including water supply and gigabit broadband; institutional growth with medical and university establishment and expansion will all be explored.  

Relating these stories within our own communities inpsires leaders in their own work.  It illustrates to existing leaders that our vibrancy in the future is dependent upon their decisions now.  At the conclusion of the session, the participants will know where to find the sources of the stories; identify the economic development tools and techniques authentic to their community; and evaluate and choose the correct parallel event milestone for their community story.   


Bianca Shoneman

Invited Speaker

A graduate of ECU's Geography program, Bianca is a working mother of two with diverse experience. She's been awarded millions of dollars in grants, won national awards for development campaigns, scripted zoning ordinances, facilitated design guidelines, brought potable water to a small community in El Salvador and has ... Read More

Ellen Hoj, AICP

Invited Speaker


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