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Making Great Places: Wake Community Leaders Come Together

Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper

On March 6, AHA hosted 60 elected and community leaders from across Wake County for Making Great Places: Simple Inexpensive, Effective Ways to Improve Our Hometowns, a private discussion with Jay Walljasper providing the keynote. Mayors, town council members, county commissioners, key city and county staff, school and non-profit leaders gathered to hear about examples of “great places”, connect with each other for dialog and networking and to brainstorm next steps for making great places in Wake County.

Walljasper cited examples of how walkable communities drive economic development, and that one-third of Americans cannot drive (older people and children), and that we need better options to get around. He talked about the fact that millennials choose a great place over a great job, and they are all about multi-modal transportation –walking, biking and transit to get where they need to go. Walljasper stressed asset-based community development—building on what works well and growing it.

drawingFollowing his presentation, Wake leaders worked in small groups to draw pictures of what they heard and what great places look like to them, then shared with the full group. AHA looks forward to continuing the dialog with our leaders!

See more photos from this event at AHA’s Facebook page.



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