Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference (ICV)
When: Monday, Oct 24, 2022 through Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Lodging: Renaissance Hotel (31 Woodfin Street Asheville, North Carolina 28801)
Who: All local business, government, nonprofit, university, and faith leaders are invited to participate as delegates and asked to save the date.
How: Register now!
- $1,995 Double Room
- $2,245 Single Room
*Partial scholarships available (contact Katie Loovis to discuss)
Why: To learn from the experiences of another community, better understand our own community assets, and build relationships among each other to help us address our local challenges
Objectives: ICV 2022 will focus on specific learning object including increasing affordable housing, accelerating innovation/entrepreneurship, addressing youth and student success, improving workforce development, focusing on downtown (re)development, strengthening community partnerships, elevating climate action, investing in public infrastructure and community land use planning, and reconnecting.
*New: In addition to exploring successes and lessons learned in the Asheville/Buncombe area, the ICV delegation will stop in Winston-Salem to explore university/community partnerships in research and downtown development. In Winston-Salem, the delegation will tour and learn about their successes, challenges, and evolution of what they now call the Innovation Quarter and the substantial role Wake Forest University and their School of Medicine play in the downtown district’s wet labs and health science research.
History: The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro and its nonprofit affiliate, The Partnership for a Sustainable Community, coordinate the biennial ICV for a delegation of 75-100 local leaders. Over the last 30 years, we have visited Anna Arbor (MI), Greenville (SC), Madison (WI), Bloomington (IN), Boulder (CO), Athens (GA), Lexington (KY), Lawrence (KS) and had a wonderful trip to Asheville in 2010. Scroll down to learn more about these previous experiences and outcomes.
The Chamber and the Partnership For A Sustainable Community will host the 2022 Inter-City Visit Delegation Orientation on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library. The session will give ICV attendees an overview of the agenda, begin discussing learning objectives, and introduce delegates to the technologies that the group will use (Groupme and Govenda). It is strongly recommended that every delegate attend.
On Monday morning, the delegation will head to Winston-Salem to tour their Innovation Quarter and meet with local leaders on strategies and lessons learned related to downtown wet lab development and forming strong university/community partnerships that support accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship. In the afternoon, the delegation will head west where we will begin our Asheville portion of the conference with an orientation, networking, relationship-building activities, and a joint reception with Asheville leaders. We will conclude our first day with small-group dinners throughout the downtown, organized around our learning objectives.
The delegation will kick off on Tuesday with a breakfast activity and tour of Downtown Asheville with discussions on redevelopment strategies, housing, community land use planning, and public infrastructure. After lunch downtown, we will engage in a panel discussion on education and workforce development with a focus on improving outcomes and student success. Late afternoon, delegates will choose their own adventure (selecting from a curated list of fun activities and things to explore that bring conference learning objectives to life). The delegates will conclude Day 2 with a celebratory dinner and group activities in an Asheville hotspot.
On Wednesday, the delegation will focus on housing affordability with a site visit and critical conversation on innovative and successful affordable housing strategies. After affordable housing, the delegation will tackle business and talent attraction and retention and learn about how Asheville differentiates itself from competitors and uses storytelling to market and promote itself and the region. We will conclude with a wrap up session and mount the bus and smooth and easy drive home.