The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments will host Focus 20/20, a regional economic development summit to be held at Feb. 20, at the McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson. The summit kicks off at 9:30 a.m.
Keynote speaker for the event is Doug Griffiths, author of the bestselling book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community. Griffiths works with communities across the U.S. and Canada to identify and overcome challenges that prohibit their ability to become thriving, sustainable, and desirable.
Other featured speakers for the summit include:
• Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, President, Piedmont Community College
• Judy Bradsher, Director, CTE Programs/GEAR UP Liaison, Person County Schools
• Dr. Michael Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist at North Carolina State University
• Hillary Sherman, N.C. Economic Development Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
• Thom Ruhe, President & CEO, NC IDEA
• Jennifer Lantz, Executive Director, Wilson Economic Development Council
• Dr. Jenni Harris, Executive Director of Business Services, North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions
• Dawn Michelle Tucker, Dean of Continuing Education and College & Career Readiness, Vance-Granville Community College
• Rhonda L. High, Customized Training Director Halifax Community College
“This summit is a timely and relevant event for citizens who seek to learn more about the advantages and challenges of preparing their communities for economic development success. It will provide best practices and examples that can be applied locally,” said Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments executive director Diane Cox.
Summit presentations will focus on setting the stage for economic development, advancing entrepreneurship and talent development best practices
The event is free, but registration is required and limited to the first 400 registrants. Anyone interested in attending can register at www.kerrtarcog.org. The deadline for registration is Feb. 13.