On October 7, 2016 LEAD:WNC is inviting leaders from across the region to collaborate on ideas and solutions to grow our economy while also taking the environment into consideration. The dialogue will begin through interactive presentations and facilitated breakout sessions and end with a panel on outdoor tourism, all with the aim of building regional success. LEAD:WNC will be located in the Grandroom of the A. K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus.
Transportation: Stan Cross, CEO and Co-Founder, Brightfield Transportation Solutions
Manufacturing: Alec Burkle, Engineering Manager, Eaton Corp
Health: Heather Gates, Director, WNC Health Network
Creative Arts: Timm Muth, Project Director, Green Energy Park
Education: Lauren Bishop WCU’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Lane Perry, WCU’s Director of Service Learning
Use business techniques to solve social, cultural, and/or environmental problems. Moderated by Dr. Lane Perry, Director of WCU’s Center for Service Learning, and Mary Lynn Manns, Professor of Management and Accountancy, UNCA.
Leverage the power of the arts, culture, and creativity to advance our economy. Moderated by George Brown, Dean of WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Regional Transportation Issues. Moderated by Garrett Artz, Executive Director of RiverLink, and Dr. Arthur Salido, WCU Associate Professor of Chemistry.
Outdoor Tourism Panel
Panel members from both the public and private sectors will discuss the significant issues impacting the growth of outdoor tourism in balance with access to our natural resources and the environment. Moderated by WCU Professor Steve Morse.
David Brown, Executive Director, America Outdoors Association, Knoxville, TN
Mark Singleton, Executive Director, American Whitewater, Cullowhee, NC
Sutton Bacon, CEO, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC
Dr. Andrew Bobilya, Director of WCU's Parks and Recreation Management Program
Mike Wilkins, Head Ranger, Nantahala National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, Franklin, NC