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Morning Keynote:
Disruptive Demographics: Implications for Health and Economic Vitality of the Centralina Region
-James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, at UNC Chapel Hill

Morning Breakout Session I:
Innovation Cafe #1 – Putting the Pieces Together for Economic Growth: Market, Demographics, Engagement, and Planning
-James H. Johnson, Jr. Ph.D, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, at UNC Chapel Hill
-Sherry Adams, NC Main Street

Aging in the Suburbs: Changes in the Built Environment that Support Well-Being and Mobility as We Age
-Brian J. Morton, Ph.D, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, UNC-CH
-Elizabeth Shay, Ph.D, Department of Geography and Planning, Appalachian State University
-Cherie Rosemond, Ph.D, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC-CH

People, Places and Spaces: Transforming Public Engagement with Civic Innovation
-Jason Lawrence, Charlotte Area Transit System
-Sarah Hazel, City of Charlotte
-Wilson Hooper, City of Charlotte
-Eugene Bradley, City of Charlotte

Morning Breakout Session II:
Innovation Cafe #2 – The Silver Tsunami and the Millennial Multiplication are Here: Preparing Your Community and Workforce
-James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, at UNC Chapel Hill
-Natasha Pender, Centralina Area Agency on Aging

Improving Community Food Systems: Food Councils in the Charlotte Region
-Abbey Piner, NCSU
-Aaron Newton, Lomax Incubator Farm
-Erin Brighton, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council
-Shawn Hatley, Upper PeeDee Farm and Food Council

CONNECT Tools in Action: Aligning Long-Range Transportation Planning with CONNECT Outcomes
-Robert Cook, Charlotte Region Transportation Planning Organization
-Jonathan Wells, AICP, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
-Megan Green, Mecklenburg County Air Quality
-Bret Baronak, Gaston Cleveland Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization

Luncheon Keynote: 
Innovative Investment Strategies for Long-Term Resiliency
-John Robert Smith, Chairman of Transportation for America, Senior Policy Advisor to Smart Growth America, and former Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi

Afternoon Breakout Session: 
Innovation Cafe #3 – Innovation Corridors: Charting Our Region’s Transit Opportunities
-James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, at UNC Chapel Hill
-Keith Conover, NC Broadband
-Jason Wager, AICP, CEP, Centralina Council of Governments

Embracing Entrepreneurship and Small Business
-Bion Schulken, Small Business and Technology Development Center
-Eileen Joyce, Small Business Administration
-David Shellhorse, Appalachian Council of Governments

Creating Innovative Places for the New American Economy
-Jason Thompson, AICP, City of Gastonia Planning Department
-Rachel Bagley, City of Gastonia
-Nan Kirlin, Gaston County Solid Waste and Recycling
-Merryman Cassels, Hive Paper, Gifts and Workshops

Final Plenary Session: 
Legislative Review: Impacts of 2015 and Planning Ahead for 2016
-Erin Wynia, NC League of Municipalities
-Miles Atkins, Mayor, Town of Mooresville
-Kevin Leonard, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
-Leslie Mozingo, Strategics Consulting, LLC