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Raleigh-Durham ILV

Date: September 27 - 29, 2017
Contact: Hank Hyatt
Phone: 864-239-3714



The joint 2017 Intercommunity Leadership Visit is being produced together by the Greenville and Spartanburg Area Chambers of Commerce and presented together by Hughes Development Corporation and Johnson Development Associates. 100+ Upstate leaders will explore how Raleigh-Durham has worked together to build one of the most economically vibrant metros in the nation. The visit will focus on these key drivers of regional economic success:

  • Regional Collaboration
  • Strategic Development & Infrastructure
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Workforce & Talent

The Intercommunity Leadership Visit is a unique opportunity to see how Raleigh and Durham have come together to enhance and strengthen their region. We will hear from top elected officials, corporate, community and higher education leaders with the goal to bring back key action items for how Greenville, Spartanburg and the entire Upstate can work together to advance our region. As the age old saying goes…

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.



If you'd like to be added to our waiting list, please contact Hank Hyatt at 864-239-3714.


There are a few sponsorship opportunities left....


Thanks to our Supporting Sponsors   

Greenville News
Sherman Construction
Spartanburg Herald Journal
Sunbelt Rentals
TD Bank



Why did we select the Raleigh-Durham area for this visit? 
We have had our eyes on Raleigh-Durham for many years. They are two cities with distinct personalities in an economically vibrant region that have worked together for many years on issues of mutual advantage. They did some really smart things a number of years ago with the creation of the Research Triangle Park, leveraging the University presence that was already so developed in their region. They worked together to develop the RDU airport. They worked together to develop solutions to transportation infrastructure challenges. Now they are focused on creating more entrepreneurial and innovation-based opportunities as well as attracting and retaining talent.

Their accolades and outside recognition of their successes include:

  • # 7 U.S. Market to Watch: Overall Real Estate Prospects – Urban Land Institute
  • “Strong example of an 18-hour market” – Urban Land Institute
  • “Top 10 Up & Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs”  - Forbes
  • “Top 10 Most Educated Cities in the U.S.” – Yahoo
  • “Top 10 Cities for Creatives” – Smart Assets
  • “#2 Among the Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs” - Fast Company
  • “Top 10 Best Places to Live” – U.S. News & World Report

Downtown Raleigh is booming. Consider these numbers:

  • $1.75 billion current pipeline of investment, including 3,672 new residential units, more than 1,000 new hotel rooms, 346,000 square feet of new retail space as well as 1.5 million square feet of new office space, driven by Raleigh’s investment in a knowledgeable and talented workforce.
  • $200 million renovation to Moore Square
  • $88 million multi-modal center at Raleigh Union Station
  • 308-acre destination park – Dix Park – a key to Raleigh’s future as a world class city.

Not to be outdone, Downtown Durham is also booming:

  • $100 million investment in new Innovation District – Durham.ID
  • 1+ million square feet of mixed-use space created at American Tobacco Warehouse with restaurants, residences, and class A offices all situated beside the Durham Bulls Triple A baseball park.
  • $26.7 million in funding secured by entrepreneurial firms headquartered at American Underground
  • 27-story, $88 million One City Center tower project under construction in downtown Durham

In addition to these happenings within each City, the power of regional collaboration has created some pretty spectacular results:

  • $3.3 billion over the past 10 years in construction, enhancement, and advancement of more than 250 miles of highway infrastructure, including relief of the region’s most severe bottleneck and the construction of the largest freeway project in state history.
  • $3.2 billion in 2016 new capital investments and 30,894 net new jobs announced in the Raleigh-Durham region
  • 7,000 acres comprise the Research Triangle Park, one of the region’s most unique economic development assets.
  • 100 acres will be the basis of the new Park Center project, creating a mixed-used, live/work/play concept in the very heart of the Research Triangle Park.

Who should attend? 
Leaders of organizations who wish to see the Greenville/Spartanburg/Upstate region accelerate its development so that we achieve our full potential as businesses and residents. Leaders who understand the value of working across political, cultural, historical and other lines.  Leaders who are ready to make a change in our region and who want to build their networks and relationships with like-minded business leaders.  Leaders who want to go farther, together.

I have never participated in this sort of event before. What should I expect?  
Lots of interaction with business, community and other leaders from across the Upstate.  We will have Mayors, City Council officials, developers, attorneys, bankers, university officials non-profit directors and many others on the visit.  Expect time to get to know them during the bus trip to North Carolina, during the learning sessions with our hosts in the Tarheel State and over libations in the evening.  We will have staff on hand to ensure that everyone is engaged, enjoying themselves and expanding their peer network.   

What is the actual itinerary?
We are hard at work confirming sessions with knowledgeable subject matter experts in interesting locations across the Raleigh-Durham region. 

What is the pricing for this visit?  Registration is $1250. This includes:

  • Ground Transportation
  • Hotel Accommodations at the award-winning 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Durham
  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 Receptions.
  • Access to the mobile event app 

NOTE: Dinners in the evening will be on-your-own dine-arounds with the intention to connect individuals from our communities. You can choose from a number of culinary destinations in either Durham or Raleigh. 

When do I need to register for this visit?
As soon as possible. We have approximately 100 seats available on the buses and we are taking up the entire hotel. Seats will go quickly.

What if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel before  August 1, we will refund your registration fee less a $200 processing fee.

If you need to cancel after August 1, we will urge you to find someone to take your place.

Can my spouse or significant other come on this trip?  
While our main focus is on having as many community and business leaders as possible on this visit, some may want to share the experience with a spouse or significant. Individual registrations are the same for your spouses/significant others - $1250.

What if I want to share a room with a colleague or friend?
You can share a room, but the individual registration pricing is the same - $1250.

How can I leverage this event to build awareness for my business?
Aside from the strong relationship-building platform the event itself provides, there are many sponsorship opportunities to heighten your company's visibility on the trip. Contact Hank Hyatt for information at or 864-239-3714.

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