Regional Summit

Celebrating 5 Years of Learning and Collaboration 

The TJCOG Regional Summit is an annual gathering of 300+ local government agencies and partner organizations from across the TJCOG region. The event provides space to collectively discuss emerging ideas, share new approaches or solutions, and collaborate on the biggest challenges in the Triangle. 


2021 Regional Summit: Anticipating Change

The past year and a half taught us that no one can predict the future, but that it is necessary for local government to be flexible, strategic, and acutely aware of what is on the horizon. How can our region develop the skills needed to analyze the way we currently approach challenges, identify possible trends in the future, and build foresight into government operations?

For the fifth year in a row, the Regional Summit will provide a virtual day of learning and discussion for local government elected officials, staff, and partner organizations in the Triangle. For the first time, the Summit will focus on the growing need for visionary and adaptable local government. 


Setting the Stage - 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Kick-off the morning with remarks from Futurist and Economist Rebecca Ryan on the importance of incorporating the future into decisions today, signals of change, and the concept of strategic foresight. Check out Rebecca's work here.

Tracking Disruption - 10:15 am -11:15 am

Learn a process for prioritizing pandemic recovery, understanding the (economic, environmental, technological, and social) drivers of change, and building proactive response into local government practices with Ben Hitchings, FAICP, and David Rouse, former Research Director of American Planning Association.

Lessons Learned - 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Local examples of identifying and preparing for several of our region's biggest changes, and lessons learned: Neighborhood Preservation , Aging Population , and Growing Diversity.

Skill-Building Lunch and Learn - 12:30 - 1:15 pm

  • Understanding Data
  • Strategic Planning
  • Piloting Projects

Breakout Sessions - 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Changing Community Engagement Expectations

How are local governments approaching community engagement as they emerge from COVID-19 ? This panel discussion will touch on the changing expectations of the community, new approaches to engage residents in decision-making, and lessons learned. Specific examples will include targeted partner outreach and Raleigh's new Community Engagement Office.

  • Hilary Pollan, Community Partners Analyst - Chatham County
  • Evan Raleigh, Assistant City Manager - Raleigh
  • Emily Torres-Cullinane, Strategic Initiatives Director - Metro Area Planning Council (MA)

A New Work Ecosystem

Hear from the region's workforce and entrepreneurial partners on ways they are preparing for new expectations for the workforce, emerging skills needed from companies, and the impacts of COVID-19 on public and private workforce development efforts?

  • Pat Sturdivant - Capital Area Workforce Development Board
  • Adria Graham-Scott - Durham Workforce Development Board
  • Cindy Reifsnider, Innovate Carolina


Event Sponsorship

Event sponsors make it possible for TJCOG to continue offering a low-cost while providing a high-quality event. Support the 2021 Regional Summit and help bring new ideas and new practices to the region. Email Alana Keegan,, to tailor sponsorship to your company's needs.