Future of North Carolina Forum

December 16, 2014


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NC Chamber Board Member Ticket | $249
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NC Chamber Cornerstone Member Ticket $299
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Attendee Ticket | $349

When: Tuesday, December 16 | 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Where: The Umstead Hotel and Spa | 100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513
(*Complimentary valet service available)

What: North Carolina expects to add nearly 3 million people between now and 2030. If that happens, North Carolina will become the seventh most populous state in the country. It begs the question: Are We Ready? Do we have the necessary infrastructure in place? Enough clean water? And will job growth keep pace with the growth of our population? As one of our state’s most important leaders, please join us for an engaged discussion on securing North Carolina’s future.

This invitation-only event will address those questions and will help find ways to use our collective influence to shape our future by leading on a number of initiatives critical to our state’s prosperity.


Your business has made a tremendous investment in North Carolina and we know that you are deeply interested in our state’s future. Please register today to join us this December. In the meantime, thanks you for all you do to make North Carolina a great place for business.

This is a ticketed event and will not be open to the public.

 Draft Agenda:

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Buffet Open
Get there early and take advantage of the complimentary valet!

7:30 a.m. Java with Jim – an informal discussion with Red Hat CEO
Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat
Chris William, Carolina Business Review/Wells Fargo (Facilitator)

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8:15 a.m. Election Outcomes and the Impact on Economy and Taxes
Russ Sullivan, Partner, McGuireWoods, LLP

8:45 a.m. Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof North Carolina Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends
Jack Uldrich, Global Futurist and Best-Selling Author

9:35 a.m. Economic Outlook for N.C.
Dr. Michael Walden, Wm Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, NC State University
Mr. Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC
Dr. Wayne Holden, President and CEO, Research Triangle Institute
Mr. Chris William, Wells Fargo (Moderator)

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10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure
Alison Premo Black, PhD, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist Deputy Director Contractors, Division American Road & Transportation Builders Association

11:00 a.m. Creating a Competitive Business Climate
Lynn Good, President and CEO, Duke Energy
Ward Nye, President and CEO, Martin Marietta
Jay Parker, President, North America, Lenovo
Joan Vinas, NC Regional Co-leader and SVP Workplace Investing, Fidelity Investments
Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat
Chris William, Wells Fargo (Moderator)

11:45 a.m. Lunch and Closing Session (2:00 p.m.)
Topic: Education – Creating Innovators
Tony Wagner, Ed.D., Expert in Residence, Harvard Innovation Lab

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