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. Event Agenda

Registration opens August 30th. 

Agenda Highlights
Setting the Stage

Rebecca Ryan, a nationally recognized Futurist and Economist, will headline the Regional Summit to lead a tailored workshop to help attendees learn:

a. what-in-the-world strategic foresight is...

b. the importance of gathering insight into possible outcomes

c. signals of change

d. ways to think like a futurist about our region

About Rebecca
Rebecca wakes up every day hell-bent on making the world better for future generations. She is a top 50 futurist, economist, best-selling author and keynote speaker. Rebecca empowers bold and ambitious futures for her clients as she walks them through foresight experiences that produce future-ready participants with a future-focused plan. Graduate of Drake University and the Strategic Foresight program from the University of Houston and member of the global Association of Professional Futurists.

Operationalizing Big Ideas

Wondering how you'll take all of Rebecca's great ideas and begin to implement them in your daily work? Ben Hitchings, UNC School of Government Fellow and David Rouse, former Research Director for American Planning Association will lead you through a hands-on workshop on a framework to track emerging issues and disruptions, and tools for evaluating and determining local and operational response for change on the horizon.

About David and Ben
David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA, is an urban planner and landscape architect with 40 years of experience, focused on creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable communities. David served as Research Director for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC, where he worked closely with nonprofit and federal partners to advance planning practice on topics such as hazards planning and resilience, community health, and planning for autonomous vehicles.

Ben Hitchings, FAICP, CZO, is a School of Government Fellow and the principal of Green Heron Planning, LLC. He provides research, guidance, and teaching on land use and community planning to School clients throughout North Carolina. A past president of the North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC), Ben has almost 30 years of experience working on planning issues.


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.