Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference
Through the biennial Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference, our Chamber’s charitable Partnership for a Sustainable Community convenes leaders of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community to:
Learn from the experiences of another community
Better understand our community’s assets
Build relationships among participants that help us successfully address our local challenges and opportunities
2016 Trip to Boulder, CO (Sept. 25-28)
In September 2016, the Chamber’s Partnership for a Sustainable Community hosted nearly 80 travelers as they explored Boulder and Denver, Colorado.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, and Commissioner Earl McKee, former chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, served as honorary co-chairs of the 2016 Inter-City Visit.
- Learn more about the trip by viewing the Storify of social media
- View and download presentations at our SlideShare account
- Read media accounts of the trip in The Chapel Hill News and The Daily Tar Heel
- Listen to radio interviews of trip participants on WCHL/Chapelboro
This trip focused on the following learning objectives:
- How can we support private sector job creation – including talent recruitment, startup retention, and business attraction?
- How can we build the infrastructure we need to accommodate projected growth and ensure transit options to move people around the community and region?
- How can we continue to ensure that our downtowns are attractive, accessible and achieving our economic goals?
- How can we continue to innovate in town and gown collaborations?
- How do we build a more diverse stock of housing choices?
- How do we find common ground and build coalitions in a divided political climate?
- How can we improve placemaking and storytelling about our communities?
2014 Trip to Athens, GA (Sept. 21-23)
In September 2014, the Chamber and its Partnership went on a three day trek to Athens, GA, with 100 business and non-profit leaders, university representatives, and elected officials for the 2014 Inter-City Visit. On their way there they also had the opportunity to pass through Greenville, SC.
Much like Chapel Hill, Athens is a progressive university town committed to community development, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Through the Partnership, our community leaders were able to explore downtown Athens taking in the cuisine, nightlife, and culture; as well as speak with Athens-Clark County community leaders.
"...the story of how Athens overcame adversity and took a big risk has us all excited about what we might be able to accomplish back home if we're only willing to take a chance on things."-Aaron Keck, WCHL
2012 Trip to Bloomington, Indiana
A powerful community convener, the Partnership brought together 70 diverse community leaders – local business owners and managers, elected officials, university faculty and staff, non-profit executives and volunteers, municipal and county staff, and media – for the 2012 Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference in Bloomington, IN.
In a letter to Inter-City Visit participants, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said, “These events, through the exchange of ideas and camaraderie, always strengthen our organizations and relationships, and as a result, our community as a whole.”
In Bloomington, the Partnership helped our community leaders learn from the experience of another progressive university community, better understand our assets, and build relationships that help us address successfully our local challenges and opportunities.