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Chamber's Partnership to Host Inter-City Visit to Boulder, Colorado

The Chamber’s Partnership for a Sustainable Community will host an Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference in Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 25-28, 2016.  The purpose of the visit is to convene leaders of the greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro community to learn from the experiences of another community, to better understand the assets and opportunities of our own region, and to build relationships among participants that will help us successfully address local challenges and opportunities.
Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro; Pam Hemminger, Mayor of Chapel Hill; Tom Stevens, Mayor of Hillsborough; and Commissioner Earl McKee, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners are serving as honorary co-chairs of the 2016 Inter-City Visit. 
“Inter-city visits are a great way for leaders in our community to explore new approaches to the issues we are facing and Boulder – a college town that Inc. magazine calls an ‘entrepreneurial powerhouse’ - is an exciting choice for this year's visit.  I look forward to learning about the solutions that Boulder’s decision-makers are implementing to address community and regional issues and am excited to see what new ideas we bring home to Orange County,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. 
The 2016 visit to Boulder will give participants the opportunity to study many issues including multimodal transit, entrepreneurship, placemaking, and transit-oriented development.  Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to explore transit in Denver, Colorado as part of the trip. 
“In many ways, this year’s Inter-City visit to Boulder will be like visiting a like-minded family member; even better, one with a view of a beautiful mountain range!  Carrboro and Boulder both have reputations as eco-friendly, forward-thinking communities, and folks from Orange County attending the Inter-City visit will feel right at home among Boulder’s cyclists, students, and hula hoopers.  We share a desire to support our local economies and food sources, engage our residents while addressing community issues, and identify unique ways to brand ourselves.  Discussing a variety of topics with Boulder’s community leaders and brainstorming ideas will provide us with ways to improve and strengthen our own community,” said Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle. 
As in previous years, the Inter-City Visit will draw diverse leaders from across the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community including local business owners and managers, elected officials, university leaders, non-profit leaders, municipal and county staff, and community members. All members of the local community and neighboring communities are welcome and encouraged to participate.
To register for the trip or for more information, please visit Registration prices will increase after August 1.  Please contact Kristen Smith at (919) 357-9988 or at for more information. 
The Partnership for a Sustainable Community invests business and community resources to promote and advance the triple bottom line of sustainability: environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity.  The Chapel Hill-Carrboro (NC) Chamber of Commerce is a business leadership organization serving the greater Chapel Hill, NC community.  The Chamber serves and supports the business interests of its nearly 1,200 members and helps create a sustainable community where they can thrive.  Chamber members employ more than 80,000 in the Research Triangle region.