On Thursday, July 2, 2009, Emerging Tar Heel Leaders and WakeUP Wake County hosted a forum on “Growth and Development in the Triangle” at Sitti in downtown Raleigh. The expectations 40-50 people blossomed into over 100 folks, and the forum was moved into the courtyard outside. Panelists included Greg Hatem of Empire Properties, John Kane of Kane Realty, Mitch Silver, City of Raleigh Planning Director, and Melanie Wilson, former Wake County Planning Director. Each panelists provided their perspective on numerous growth issues. The message was clear from Hatem and Kane – if the growth issues we are talking about today are to be handled with a planned, sustainable approach, we need strong, bold leaders to start making wise decisions that aren’t being made today.
Hatem mentioned that developers like Kane and himself have local interests and want to see Raleigh succeed as our capital city and become a better place for all citizens. (more…)