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.


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Facilitated Breakout Sessions

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Social Entrepreneurship

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.

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Creative Placemaking

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.

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Getting Around

Regional Transportation Issues. Moderated by Garrett Artz, Executive Director of RiverLink, and Dr. Arthur Salido, WCU Associate Professor of Chemistry. 

Outdoor Tourism Panel

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