“Around the Corner”: A listing of
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help with a specific program or would like more
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August 2012: Meet Your Candidate
On Thursday, August 23rd, members of the Triangle Community
Coalition (TCC) had the opportunity to meet and speak with
over forty candidates for elected office at the annual
Triangle-Area “Meet Your Candidate Mixer” hosted by the
Triangle Community Coalition, Triangle Apartment Association
and Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors. Triangle
Community Coalition members were able to talk politics with
candidates for the U.S. Congress, North Carolina General
Assembly, state-wide offices and local government offices
for over two hours. The Triangle Community Coalition would
like to thank all of the candidates for attending, Joel
Brown of ABC 11 Eyewitness News for serving as Master of
Ceremonies, and all of the sponsors for helping make this
year’s “Meet Your Candidate Mixer” a success.
The Triangle Community
Coalition held its Annual Membership Meeting on April 26th,
At the Annual
Meeting the following action items took place:
Julie Gavaghan, Keystone Corporation and Jeff Furman,
Northwood Ravin to TCC's Board of Directors
Ross Rhudy with the James R. Wahlbrink Grassroots
Leadership Award 2011
Immediate Past Chair Eric Braun for his outstanding and
passionate service over the past two years as chair of
chair Michael Birch highlighted the ways in which the
TCC has raised its profile among local government
officials and provided membership benefits through
Coffee Chats, Luncheon Learns, “Meet Your Candidate”
Mixer and Legislative Monitoring efforts
Learn Program featured “Growth Potential: Assessing The
Adequacy of Raleigh's Utility Infrastructure and its Impact
on Economic Development.”
Michael Birch Jr. 2012 TCC Chairman
completed a detailed analysis of its water and sewer utility
infrastructure. While there are many strengths, this report
demonstrates the critical need for all local governments to
plan for replacement, repair and maintenance of existing
infrastructure, as well as the installation of new
infrastructure. This report demonstrates the strengths and
weaknesses of Raleigh's utility infrastructure. Without
additional financial resources and detailed planning, the
existing deficiencies could have a substantial impact on
businesses and economic development on all of the local
governments served by the Raleigh Utility System.
included Mary Brice, P.E., Dewberry & Member of Raleigh
Water Utility Advisory Task Force, Lyle Gardner, Spectrum
Homes & Member of Raleigh Water Utility Advisory Task Force
and John Robert Carman, P.E. Raleigh Public Utilities
Keynote Speakers John Carman,
Mary Brice and Lyle Gardner
items were discussed:
estimated costs of replacing above-ground and
below-ground utility infrastructure
feet per capita of utility infrastructure is high for
Raleigh and its merger communities due to sprawled
of utility availability and service on economic
dependence on utility fee revenue from consumption-based
billing as opposed to development fees or other revenue
to assess the full cost of service and allocate costs
equitably across rate payers
implications of the new Comprehensive Plan vision and
draft unified development ordinance regulations on
utility service and maintenance
approaches to paying for repair and maintenance of
following sponsors made this presentation possible:
January 2012: "TCC Special Event - Meet
- Mayor Nancy McFarlane, City of Raleigh
- Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, Town of Cary
- Mayor Keith Weatherly, Town of Apex
Mayor Nancy McFarlane, City of
2012 Chairman Eric Braun
January 26, 2012, the TCC welcomed the Mayors of Raleigh,
Cary and Apex for its annual "Meet the Mayors Forum". After
brief remarks by Mayor McFarlane, Mayor Weinbrecht and Mayor
Weatherly, attendees had the opportunity to ask a variety of
questions regarding infrastructure, finance, land
development issues, taxes and transit. Several common themes
emerged from the comments and questions. First, maintaining
and Improving public infrastructure was a vital to
maintaining a competitive edge in the battle for jobs and
economic development. Second, all three Mayors suggested
that future infrastructure projects would be funded through
new bonds requiring voter approval, which would encourage
public input into prioritizing projects and ultimate funding
levels. Finally, regional cooperation was also a key
component for ensuring the future economic success of the
Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, Town of Cary and
Mayor Keith Weatherly, Town of Apex
2011: The TCC hosted the 1st Triangle-Area “Meet Your
Candidates” Mixer on September 15, 2011, along with the
Triangle Apartment Association (TAA) and Triangle Commercial
Association of REALTORS® (TCAR).
If you attended,
we hope you enjoyed the opportunity to meet one of the 45+
Candidates that were in attendance! We would like to
acknowledge CRC: Disaster Response Experts for their support
as an event sponsor and Chad Price for helping as the Master
We would also
like to thank Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®,
Arcadis, Smith Anderson, York Properties, Tacquire, IREM,
Maintenance Supply Headquarters and TREIA for their
sponsorships, which helped make this event possible and such
from both the candidates and guests has been excellent and
we are looking forward to hosting the 2012 event.
personally like to thank Cheryl Houseman (TAA), Kim Brennan
and Jennifer Copersito (TCAR) for all the hard work and a
job well done!
Please enjoy the
pictures that were taken at the event by clicking on the
link below and we hope to see you next year!
On August 2, 2011, the TCC held a Campaign Training
School for local candidates running in the fall elections.
The campaign school is designed to give political candidates
and their campaign staff the winning edge. The full day
interactive school was taught by state and national campaign
experts who shared their success stories and show the
attendees the latest technologies that would benefit their
campaigns. They discussed topics such as; Planning &
Budgeting, Election Laws & Finance Report Deadlines,
Fundraising, Voter Lists, Targeting, Identification, Voter
Contact, Navigating the New Media & Social Networking.
reception was held after school, giving the candidates a
chance to meet with local elected officials and TCC members.
A very special
thank you to Sara Robertson, Fern Hill Properties for
sponsoring both the school and evening reception.
January 2011: Annual
Meeting and L&L -
"The State of the State:
Getting North Carolina's Fiscal House in Order"
On January 13, 2011, the Triangle Community Coalition hosted
a public forum on the State budget crisis. The purpose of
the forum was to provide an opportunity to educate the
public about the budget crisis and how the General Assembly
may seek to resolve the looming budget gap. Senator Neal
Hunt and Representative Paul "Skip" Stam provided an
overview of their respective views of the budget situation
and then fielded questions from the 80 attendees. A more
detailed summary can be found at the following link :
to Laurie Donofrio for receiving the 2010 JAMES R. WAHLBRINK
GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP AWARD!
A special thank
you to our sponsors and guests for attending the Annual
Meeting and Luncheon Learn!
The TCC held their Annual
Meeting on January 22, 2010 celebrating the 10 Year
Anniversary of the TCC.
speaker Sig Hutchinson addressed the TCC members regarding
transit issues in the Triangle.
- Chris Sinclair, President
of the TCC from 2001- 2009 was also acknowledged at this
meeting for his commitment and hard work to our
- Eric Braun, K&L Gates and
2010 Chairman was the recipient of the “Jim Wahlbrink
Grassroots Award” for his hard work and efforts for the
TCC in 2009.
- Thank you to K&L Gates and
Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® for their
sponsorship for this event.
2009: Political Pig Pickin’
Chatham - click here*
Durham - click here*
Orange - click here*
Wake - click here*
Photo gallery and
candidates click here*
Local candidates from Raleigh,
Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill --and even Pittsboro and Siler
City -- came out recently to “stump” the crowd at the
Triangle Community Coalition’s (TCC) eighth annual
“Political Pig Picking” on August 27, 2009.
The event, held from 5:30 to
8:30 p.m. at the Brier Creek Country Club, provided an
opportunity for the over 120 attendees to mingle with local
candidates, have a little barbecue, and participate in a
“straw poll” following a round of old fashion “stump
speeches” by over 50 candidates for local office.
“This event continues to attract
a diverse set of candidates from across the region. It’s the
only event where voters actually get to hear what candidates
stand for, and participate in a follow up straw poll,” said
Laurie Donofrio, Chair of the TCC. “It’s not only a fun
event, but the folks who attend actually learn something
about each candidate -- and the candidates love giving their
speech to the audience.”
We would like to extend a
special thanks to our volunteers at RRAR who helped with
We would also like to thank our
sponsors: Toll Brothers, K&L Gates, The John R. McAdams
Company, CDM, Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors®,
Pulte Homes, Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors®
and PIP Printing, Cary NC. This event could not take place
without your generosity and financial support!
July 2009: Candidate Training
School and Elected Official Reception
2009: The Raleigh Chamber YPN Community Involvement Event
gave the TCC an opportunity to network with Raleigh-area
The Chamber’s Young Professionals Network provides
events every other month designed to engage young
professionals, ages 25-39, and help them become more
competitive in the business arena. The program also helps
young professionals establish a web of business contacts
through networking and grow both personally and
professionally through a variety of program topics –
including community involvement, which is an important
element of both personal and professional growth.
TCC Board members Laurie
Donofrio, 2009 Chairman, Spencer Combos, Accounting, Etc.
Inc., and Eric Braun, K&L Gates spent the morning sharing
information about the TCC with attendees of the forum.
2009: In the Know Live forum was held on April 29, 2009
hosted by Coldwell Banker Advantage in North Raleigh.
Pam Wall, Executive Director of Triangle Tomorrow met
with TCC members and gave a summary and “next steps” of the
Triangle’s Reality Check Initiative presentation. Triangle
leaders and citizens recently met to participate in a
regional planning exercise sponsored, in part by the Urban
Land Institute (ULI). Several TCC members participated in
the exercise. You can learn more about Realty Check at
Jan 2009: The Triangle Community Coalition Holds Annual
Meeting on Regional Issues Facing the Big Three Communities.
News & Observer
News14 & video
Photo gallery link*
Dec 2008: The Elections are Over & NC
Just Turned Blue:
What Does it Mean for Growth, Our Economy & the Triangle?
mp3 audio download for this TCC
Lunch & Learn.
This year was an exciting Pig Picking at
Thanks to our sponsors: RRAR, TCAR, Toll Brothers, The John R.
Company, Pulte Homes, K & L/Gates LLP, York Properties, Arcadis,
Joseph C Woodard.
Straw poll detailed results*
Straw poll summary results*
Candidate Photo Gallery*
TCC/NAIOP Lunch and Learn Big Hit with Triangle Business
Leaders: Gubernatorial candidate Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was the
featured speaker at a forum held to discuss key regional issues today in
more on our blog
June 19, 2008 - The first Live forum
for the "in the KNOW" was hosted and held at the Kennedy Covington
offices in Raleigh.
May 2008: Our Water, Our Economic
Future – Regional Cooperation, The Next Stage.
Community Success Forum - May 13, 2008
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Jan 2008: President Sharon Rosche from the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce with
Commissioner’s Tom Murry and Mike Snyder welcome the TCC and
TCAR with a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 24, 2008.
Jan 2008: TCC's Annual Meeting was held with
special guest speaker, Mitchell Silver, AICP, Planning Director for
the City of Raleigh “The 21st Century City: What Does it
Look Like and What Does it Mean for the Triangle?”
November 2007: TCC and Cary Politics hosts an evening of "Dinner & Dialogue" with Cary's newly elected
leaders: Mayor-Elect Harold Weinbrecht, Gale Adcock, Erv Portman and
Don Frantz for an open discussion about the future growth of one of the
Triangle’s largest towns. Gallery
August 2007: Political Pig Picking at Brier Creek
Straw Poll Results download*
Info flyer download*
If you are new to the TCC and have never been to our old fashion
political rally and candidate's forum, then you are in for a treat when
you come to ours! Mingle with candidates for state and local office
throughout the region. We’ll serve a little pig and lots of politics.
Candidates will have an opportunity to give a short and informal “stump
July 2007: TCC Candidate School
June 2007: TCC’s Triangle Community Classic: Your Chance to Spend Time
with Elected Leaders.
The TCC hosted its second annual Triangle Community Classic golf
tournament on June 18, 2007 at the Preserve on Jordon Lake. Proceeds
from the tournament go to the Coalition’s issues fund.
Future: NC’s Impending Fiscal Crisis & What it Means for Our Region’s
Growth" by Roland Stephen. The TCC Annual meeting was held on
Jan 11, 2007. more ...
"Vision" Presentation (PPT)
Annual Report 2006*
Stephen presentation (PPT)
TCC’s 2006 Annual Pig Picking Results:
Click here* for
results from our straw poll!
Community Classic Attracts Elected Leaders from Across the Triangle:
Over 80 golfers---including 17 elected officials---attended the TCC’s
first ever golf tournament last week at the Heritage Golf Club in Wake
Forest. Officials from Wake County, Durham County, Raleigh, Cary,
Wendell, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Orange County and the Wake County
Public School System attended the outing. more
Jan 2006: County Leaders Discuss
Growth Challenges at TCC Annual Meeting
Triangle Community Coalition (TCC) held its annual membership meeting
January 26, 2006 in Cary, NC. Approximately 100 members attended the
breakfast meeting to hear highlights of the TCC 2005 activities, and to
hear from elected leaders from Wake, Durham and Chatham Counties.
Annual Report more* ...
Oct 11, 2005 Elections: TCC's Positions
Oct. 4, 5, 6: Raleigh to Hold Three-Day
Conference on Development Process:
The City of Raleigh wants to overhaul its development
approval process. The TCC and other members of the
development community have met with Raleigh officials and
staff to discuss how the process could be re-engineered.
Consequently, the City of Raleigh hosted a three-day
input session October 4, 5, and 6. The results of that
meeting are attached*. Members should contact
Chris Sinclair at 919.812.7785 or email@example.com for
The Results are In: TCC’s 2005 Pig Picking a Huge Hit
Over 180 people---including opinion leaders, elected officials and
citizens---piled into the Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh to hear
candidates give stump speeches, mingle with friends and enjoy a little
NC barbecue. Over 20 candidates from municipal governments across the
Triangle spoke before the crowd, outlining their respective platforms
and asking for everyone’s vote. Following a fun-filled, informative
night, attendees cast their votes in a straw poll.
Gallery more ...
August 23, 2005:
Thinking Outside the Box:
TCC Explores Solution to School Overcrowding.
The Heritage Foundation’s
Ronald Utt was the featured speaker at the
TCC’s Lunch and
Learn. On August 23, 2005, Dr. Utt spoke about the use of
public-private partnerships for building schools. The TCC has
formally adopted a position paper*
on the use of public-private partnerships. A panel of local officials
and opinion leaders followed Dr. Utt’s presentation.
Download Flyer & Registration*
Summary of the meeting*
July 21, 2005:
Candidates School a Huge Success: Approximately 25 people, including candidates for local office in the
upcoming local elections, candidates for state-wide office, as well as those
thinking about running filled the RRAR Board of Directors Boardroom on July
21, 2005 to learn how to run successful campaigns. The campaign school was
taught by professional experts from around the country, and included a panel
discussion by current and past elected leaders who shared their insights about
what it takes to run a successful campaign.
Click here* to catch up
on all the details!
Candidates for Local Office Get Practical Advice
Fundamentals in Running a Winning Campaign
2005 more* ...
TCC's 2004 Annual Meeting Results. Read about TCC's events,
War..." and the new James R. Wahlbrink Grassroots
Oct. 5, 2004: 2004 Pig Picking Straw Poll
Results!: Find out how participants at this year’s candidates forum
voted in our annual straw poll
TCC’s second annual political pig picking drew a packed house.
Read about this year's event and straw poll
TCC's Lunch and Learn: Mayor Meeker vs. John Odom. more
Sept. 2002: Candidates Stump the Crowd at TCC’s First Annual Political Pig Picking… read more about TCC’s event and find out how guests voted in the TCC’s first annual straw poll (more).