2014 Centralina Creative Solutions for Thriving Communities Conference Program

Growing Strong Communities Through Regional Collaboration

Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, PresidentInformation Technology and Innovation Foundation

Building Thriving Communities in NC: What’s Next?

Anita R. Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues 

Matching Housing Stock with Future Community Needs

Joe Padilla, Executive Director, REBIC

Miles Atkins, Mayor, Town of Mooresville

Open for Business: Streamlining Review and Permitting Processes

Erika Martin, Planning Director, Town of Troutman

Mark F. Donham, Director of Economic Development, City of Albemarle

CONNECT Regional Framework 1: Aligning Plans for Better Results

Michael Johnson, Chairman CCOG Board of Delegates

Bill Thunberg, Executive Director, Lake Norman Transportation Commission

Building Health Communities

Ned Barrett, Trails Coordinator, Partners for Active Living

Carolyn Cook, Owner, LiveSmart Design

Katherine Hebert, MCRP, Founder, Creating Community Change Consulting

Go Long- Regional Transit by 2050

Marla Lien, General Counsel, Denver Regional Transit

Managing Time and Risk with the “Balanced Public Engagement Process”

Jill Schultz, President, JMS Communications & Research

Nancy Davis, Director of Public Affairs, City of Statesville

Blueprint for Action: Growing the Economy and Quality of Life Through Lifelong Communities

Anna Rice, Executive Director, Iredell Council on Aging

Miles Atkins, Mayor, Town of Mooresville

Creating Innovative Places for the Next American Economy

Elizabeth (Liz) Rooks, Executive Vice President and COO, Research Triangle Foundation

Kate Pearce, Senior Associate, Land Design, NCAPA Communications and Public Affairs Chair

Liz Parham, Director, NC Main Street Program

CONNECT Regional Framework 2: Tools for Local Governments

Richard “Dick” Black, Planning Director, Union County

Jared Cates, Community Mobilizer, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Joseph Minicozzi, Principal, Urban3

Aligning the Stars: Setting up Your Local Workforce Ecosystem to Meet Local and Regional Industry Needs

David Hollars, Executive Director, Centralina Workforce Development Board CCOG

Michael Manis, Director, Community & Economic Development, CCOG

Beyond Pay Check-to-Pay Check: Long-term Financial Strategies for Successful Communities

Jim Prosser, Executive Director, CCOG

Pam Dubois, Deputy Manager, Cabarrus County

Energy Management 101- Opportunities for Local Governments

Rich Deming, Senior Advisor, CALOR Energy

Dan Ziehm, Assistant Director of Public Works, Gaston County

Marty Burr, Performance Manager City of Rock Hill

Terry Albrecht, Director of the Waste Reduction Partners, Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources