2019 NC Metro Mayors Coalition Meeting


Draft AGENDA   
Thursday, December 5 
nry Hotel, 624 Green Valley Rd, Greensboro, NC 27408

9:30am – 9:50am Mayors Executive Committee Meeting

10am - Opening session
Welcome and agenda review (Mayor Vaughan)
Annual Review Summary – Legislative and MMC Programs (Beau Mills) 
Mayor’s Minute Part I - Lightning Round (Part II tomorrow) – include NEW Mayor Introductions

11am - Requested Updates 
NC Cities Initiative Project - Climate Change update from Zach Ambrose, Ambrose Strategies on behalf of EDF 

Complete Streets Policy from NC DOT, Deputy Secretary for Multi-Modal, Julie White and Public Transportation Division Director Johanna Cockburn 

11:45am - Lunch 
Buffet Lunch in the same room 


 Proterra Logo

12:15 – 12:40PM 
Speaker:  NC Attorney General Josh Stein (confirmed)

Depart O’Henry Hotel on two of Greensboro’s new Proterra Electric Buses - part of the East Coast’s largest e-bus fleet 

1:20pm - Arrive PTI New Fire Station (hosted by Kevin Baker, PTI Director)
Introductory presentation on PTI and Triad - hosted by Kevin Baker 

1:40 – 2:15 Discussion: Aerospace Industry in NC

NC has a robust and growing aerospace industry.  While our state does not have the high-profile manufacturing facilities that capture a lot of public attention (such as Boeing’s new facility in Charleston), the state has thousands of jobs involved in manufacturing and maintenance in the aerospace sector.  From the manufacturing of GE jet engines in Durham and Asheville, to the full scale production of corporate jets at HondaJet.  The aerospace cluster is an especially prominent feature of the current success and future job development in the Triad – and a major focus for PTI Airport.  These are high paying jobs that can provide middle income wages – just the kind of diverse jobs that can help improve economic mobility for our citizens!

What are the opportunities for our cities and regions in NC for this sector – and how do we grow it?  What role can our mayors and our cities play in growing jobs? And what are the lessons we can learn from this sector other “cluster” opportunities that may be a good fit your city and region?

2:20pm - Board Buses

Windshield Tour with PTI Director With stops at:

  • The HQ and primary manufacturing site for the popular and innovative HondaJet (manufacture engines in Burlington as well).
  • I-73 PTI Overpass - overpass for airplanes on an interstate highway

3:40pm – Depart PTI

4:15pm – walking tour of the new Steve Tanger Center for the Performing Arts a new, STATEOF-THE-ART public-private project opening soon in Downtown Greensboro

5:00 pm Buses back to O’Henry Hotel – for brief transition/break at the hotel

5:45 pm Buses depart for - Reception and Dinner at Piedmont Hall, Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Reception sponsored by AT&T is Sponsor (brief remarks at reception)

  • Reception from 6 - 6:45 sponsored by  

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  • Dinner 6:45 – 8:00 o Guest Speaker – President Tom Ross, President of Volcker Alliance and former President of UNC System and Davidson College -Confirmed

8:15 - buses back to Hotel begin                                                 

Friday, December 6 
O’Henry Hotel, 624 Green Valley Rd, Greensboro, NC 27408

7:30 am Breakfast available

7:30am Nominating Committee Meeting

8:00am  2020 Elections Outlook - NC Free Enterprise Foundation, Anna Gravely (confirmed) 

9:00 am  CONCURRENT 
Mayors ONLY Meeting
Mayor’s Minute Part II and open discussion – topics are MAYOR’S CHOICE – so far, suggestions include:

How to Handle Public Comment in Council Meetings, Public Safety and Violent Crime

Managers Meeting
Hosted by Rob Shepherd with NC Managers Association  

10:10 am Business Meeting and Legislative Update Budget approval and Elect Officers
Plans for 2020 – NCLM affiliation and Services

Legislative Update – Legislative Lobbying Team – Ches McDowell, et al 

11:00 am  NC Lt Gov Dan Forest (invited) - Closing Speaker

Noon - Adjourn with Box Lunches available