On September 14-16, 2008, the Community Leadership Collaboration and leaders from across our community travelled to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Intercity Visit and Leadership conference.

What we learned

Here are presentations we saw in Ann Arbor: Washtenaw Housing Alliance - Blue Print to end Homelessness and The Role of a University Community Session.

Check out pictures from the trip here.

Here is our dinner entertainment on Monday night at Zingermans Roadhouse -- watch.


The purpose of our Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was to convene leaders of the greater Chapel Hill and Carrboro community to learn from the experiences of another successful community and to create and strengthen relationships among participants that will help us successfully address our community’s challenges and opportunities here in Orange County.

Why Ann Arbor

The Community Leadership Collaboration unanimously selected Ann Arbor because of its national reputation as a forward-thinking community with many of the same attributes as our community, including a progressive citizenry, a major research university with a medical center, a university research park, a thriving downtown community, leadership in environmental protection and green education, growing downtown housing, energy conservation initiatives and strong workforce housing initiatives.

Key facts

When: We departed the morning of Sunday, September 14th and returned the evening of Tuesday, September 16th.

Where: We stayed at The Campus Inn Hotel in downtown Ann Arbor, MI.

What: Participants participated in engaging discussions, as well as panels and speakers, on topics ranging from town and university collaborations, economic development, marketing, arts and culture, human services, and environmental stewardship. The trip also included a tour of the community, downtown, and other relevant sites.

How Much: Conference registration fees were $1130 for a double occupancy room and $1295 for a single occupancy room – this included a connecting flight to Detroit via Baltimore. Registration fees included airfare, ground transportation, meals, receptions and conference materials. Registrations qualified for preferred pricing if received by July 14. Scholarship funds were available

Who went

All members of our community are welcome and encouraged to participate. Here is the list of registrants.

Adam Abram President & CEO James River Group, Inc.
Rick Allen Vice-President Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
Anita Badrock Vice-President Smithern & Associates
Delores Bailey Executive Director EmPOWERment, Inc.
Dwight Bassett Economic Development Officer Town of Chapel Hill
Bruce Ballentine President Ballentine Associates, PA
Mary Beck Senior Vice President Univesity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Care
Craig Benedict Planning & Inspections Director Orange County
Brad Broadwell Director Orange County Economic Development Commission
D.R. Bryan President Bryan Properties, Inc.
Joe Buckner Chief Judge Office of the Chief District Judge
Bill Bunch President William H Bunch, CPA, PA
Jackie Carden Captain Chapel Hill Police Departmenr
Mayor Mark Chilton Mayor Town of Carrboro
Bill Christian President William Christian & Associates
Eric Chupp Director of Development CapKov Ventures
Mike Collins Co-Chair
Neighborhoods for Responsible Growth
Greg Connor
Hedrick Murray
Linda Convissor Director, Local Relations
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mark Crowell Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development & Technology Transfer
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Matt Czajkowski Council Member Chapel Hill Town Council
Frances Dancy
Town of Hillsborough
Robert Dowling
Executive Director
Orange Community Housing and Land Trust
Andrew Dunn University Editor Daily Tar Heel
Jim Earnhardt Vice President Bryan Properties, Inc.
Pat Evans
Friends of Downtown
Jack Evans Executive Director of Carolina North
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Monica C Evans
Student and Community Member
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Young Fenton Owner/Manager Fenton Enterprises
Helen Figueroa
Coldwell Banker HPW
Tara Fikes Housing/Commuity Development Director Orange County Government
Joanne Fiore
American Institute for Certified Public Accountants
Mariana Fiorentino
Terra Nova Global Properties
Kevin FitzGerald
Executive Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine Administration
John E Florian
Senior Vice President
Ram Development
Kevin Foy
Town of Chapel Hill
Joe Glasson
Board Member
Chatham County Economic Development Corporation
Desiree Goldman
RE/MAX Winning Edge
Brian Goldstein
Executive Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs & Chief of Staff
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Damien Graham
Government Affairs Manager
Triangle Transit
Rob Greenberg Science Teacher Chapel Hill High School
Glen Greenstreet
Greenstreet Builders, Inc
Josh Gurlitz President
GGA Architects
Ed Harrison
Council Member
Town of Chapel Hill
Margaret Hauth
Planning Director
Town of Hillsborough
Jim Heavner
Pam Hemminger
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board
Garland Hershey Professor of Orthodontics UNC - Chapel Hill
Loren Hintz
Orange-Chatman Sierra Club
Tom Holt Member Bagwell, Holt, Smith, Tillman & Jones, P.A.
Jonathan Howes
Special Assistant to the Chancellor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Barry Jacobs Chair - Board of County Commissioners Orange County Government
Barbara Jessie-Black
Executive Director
PTA Thrift Stop, Inc
Jon Keener
Development Manager
Ram Realty Services and Development
Ken Kernodle
Business Relations Manager
Duke Energy
Laura Kiley
Kiley and Associates LLC
Scott Kovens Principal Kovens Construction
Peter Krawchyk
Assistant Director of Facilities Planning
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lucy Lewis
Associate Director, Campus Y
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cheryl Lin Board Member Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership
Brian Litchfield
Assistant Transit Director
Chapel Hill Transit
Dr. Elmira Mangum
Senior Associate Provost
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Torin Martinez Dining Room Manager Weathervane Restaurant
Dorothy McLaughlin
Community Volunteer
City Resident and Taxpayer
Jonathan Mills
Kidzu Childrens Museum
Diana Minta
Owner/Marketing Manager
A Better Image Printing
Chris Moran
Executive Director
Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
Hugh Morrison
Vice Chair
Mark Nelson
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Carolina Inn
Neil Offen Editor Chapel Hill Herold
Laurie Paolicelli
Executive Director
Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
Glenn Parks Chair, Member Greenways Commission, Community Design Commission
Chris Payne
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Roger Perry
East West Partners (and UNC-CH Board of Trustees)
Phil Phillips Partner Carrboro Capital
Kim Piracci
Kim Piracci Graduate Gemologist Jewelry Appraiser
Etta Pisano
Vice Dean for Adacemic Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Scott Radway
Radway Design Associates
Dianne Reid
Chatham County Economic Development Corporation
Carlo Robustelli
Mayoral Aide
Town of Chapel Hill
Lauren Sacks
Associate Executive Director
The ArtsCenter
Bob Saunders Partner Brooks Pierce Law Firm
Steve Saltzman New Markets Tax Credit Loan Officer Center for Community Self Help
Jim Schaafsma Senior Vice President of Planning and Development Grubb Properties
Ellen Shannon
Vice President
Chapel Hill Magazine
Cindy P Shea
Director, Sustainability Office
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ruby Sinreich Founder/Editor/Blogger OrangePolitics
Drew Smith
Development Director
Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA
Roger Stancil
Town Manager
Town of Chapel Hill
Diana Steele
Willow Hill Preschool
Rick Steinbacher
Associate Director of the Department of Athletics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mayor Tom Stevens
Town of Hillsborough
Bill Strom
Council Member
Town of Chapel Hill
Lisa Stuckey
Vice Chair
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board
Walter Sturdivant President & General Manager WCHL 1360 AM
Holden Thorp
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Patty Thorp   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tim Toben
Managing Partner
Greenbridge Developments, LLC
Will Tricomi
Associate University Counsel
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Tony Waldrop
Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jim Ward
Mayor Pro Tem
Town of Chapel Hill
Zach Ward
DSI Comedy Theater
Jon Wilner Executive Director The ArtsCenter
Tom Wiltberger
Real Estate Broker Terra Nova Global Properties
Mark Zimmerman Broker/Owner
RE/MAX Winning Edge