Regional Planning in North Carolina: Useful Strategies and Big Ideas
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT
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This exciting panel brings together the most experienced regional planners in North Carolina, with planning directors from the Triangle J and Centralina Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. The panel will discuss the major challenges to regional planning, strategies and lessons for effective planning, and opportunities for the future of regional governance.
This session aims to achieve two primary objectives.
First, the expert panel of regional planning directors will provide insight into the most pressing challenges, opportunities, and strategies relevant to local governments, COGs, regional planning agencies throughout North Carolina and the southeast. They will talk about how to work regionally, and now as a growing mega-region, in order to be globally competitive, pull in funds, and highlight strategies for coordination. Regional planners often work as coordinators and collaborators between local governments, bringing leaders together and providing expertise to smaller planning departments.
The second objective of this session is to lay the theoretical groundwork for an ideal regional planning and governance landscape. This will be achieved by discussing solutions that are provided at the regional level in other places in the U.S. and around the globe and how some of those solutions could be applied in North Carolina in the future.
Participants of this session will come away with an understanding of pragmatic and realistic local solutions to regional challenges as well as gain insight into ways that metropolitan areas from around the world have succeeded or failed in creating a framework for sustainable growth. Participants will also learn how the three largest metros in the state are working together on issues now and in the future in order to solicit more public resources and private investment, and to educate political bodies about the pressing needs of metropolitan areas.
Each panelist will provide a presentation followed by a short list of questions from the organizer. Time will be allotted for additional questions from participants.
Michelle Nance, AICP
Jesse Day, AICP
Benjamin Howell, email@example.com