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Wednesday, October 2 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Transactional vs Transformational: The Role of Private Development in Inclusive Revitalization

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As rapidly-growing cities wrestle with growing pains, how can private development consciously engage and meaningfully contribute to a city’s economic and cultural development? How can developers work with public, non-profit, and neighborhood partners to adopt a long-term transformational, instead of a short-term transactional mindset? Charlotte, NC is a booming New South city where the population doubles every 20 years, but it ranks at the bottom of national studies on economic mobility. Camp North End is a 75-acre historic industrial site which once produced Model Ts and US Army Missiles and is now transforming into a hub for innovation in the heart of Charlotte’s North End Smart District. Private, public, and neighborhood representatives close to this ambitious, adaptive-reuse project will share perspectives on how a thoughtful reimagining of physical space combined with intentional strategies for inclusion can create a welcoming place with win-wins for business and community.

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Varian Shrum

Community Manager, Camp North End
Varian Shrum is the Community Manager for Camp North End, an ATCO redevelopment project on a 75-acre historic site in Charlotte’s North End corridor. Previous work with 8 80 Cities, the Knight Foundation, the Charlotte Rail Trail, and Charlotte Center City Partners cemented her... Read More →
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Damon Hemmerdinger

Co-President, ATCO [Camp North End]
Developer of Camp North End in Charlotte, NC, and several buildings in Austin, TX. Real estate is about the people who occupy the building and the community they make together; architecture is just one ingredient in the recipe to achieve that result. Background in community economic... Read More →
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Adrienne Martinez

Board member, North End Community Coalition
Adrienne Rose Martinez a Vice President at Bank of America and a community leader in Charlotte’s North End. She is a board member for the North End Community Coalition, made up of eight neighborhoods that work together in their community building and engagement efforts.Martinez... Read More →

John Clifford

Co-Founding Principal, S9 Architecture

Lilias John

Public Private Partnerships, City of Charlotte, North Carolina

Wednesday October 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Hall