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“Around the Corner”: A listing of Events

March 30, 2015 - TCC Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at 111 Realtors Way in Cary, NC 27519.
The Luncheon Learn on Transit will follow directly after the Annual Meeting at 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Announcement*    Nomination form*   

Online Registration     Flyer*
Wake County Commissioner - Sig Hutchinson
Wake County Commissioner - Caroline Sullivan
William Allen - Wake County Transit Plan Advisory Committee

Sponsorship opportunities for 2015 are available.

  • April Luncheon Learn - Multi Family Housing
  • May Luncheon Learn - State of Business - State Level
  • June Luncheon Learn - Wake County Schools
  • July 29th- Campaign Training Program
  • August or September - Political Pig Picking/Election Event
  • Oct, Nov and Dec - TBD
  • Coffee Chat for TCC Members!
    Members Only - TCC Coffee Chat with the Town of Cary, April 1, 2015

    For more information to register contact Charlene Logan at charlenel@tricc.org
  • Who Participated*
  • If you would like to participate on this committee and/or help with a specific program or would like more information on how you can help, please contact Charlene Logan @ charlenel@tricc.org.
  • Get your name in front of this targeted group with a sponsorship at the 2013 “New” Monthly Luncheon Learns. For more information, please call 919.812.7785.
    Sponsorship form download*


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February 2015: TCC Luncheon Learn February 5, 2015
“Best Practices in the Triangle: What Does Your City do Best?”
On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the Triangle Community Coalition hosted a Luncheon Learn Program with several Triangle municipalities to discuss what they do best in their planning and development processes.

With almost a hundred members, guests and elected officials, the TCC's first Luncheon Learn of 2015 was a statement of how working together can make a positive impact on Balanced Growth in the Triangle. This program is another step forward after last summer's survey of TCC members. Your input matters and the TCC have made sure that the municipalities have heard, with individual meetings with the leadership of each and every one. Look out for the next survey as we continue to make progress for our membership and the building community at large.
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November 2014: TCC Nov. 12 Luncheon Learn
The Political Environment for Business 2014: Staying Ahead of the Curve.

The TCC and Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® Government Affairs Committee hosted a joint Luncheon Learn program with Keynote Speaker, Joe Stewart, Executive Director of NC FreeEnterprise Foundation.

After the most expensive mid-term elections in Wake County and North Carolina's history, what will the results mean for the Triangle's residents and businesses as we face continued growth and a desire for the quality of life that is bringing that growth? Mr. Stewart provided an incisive post-election recap for North Carolina which included the following information:

  • Fracking, education, and jobs were a few of the hottest issues with the past election.

  • Many voters are now looking at the actual candidates rather than political parties.

  • Voters in suburban areas are more interested in candidates than political parties.

  • Voter demographics are changing as more of the millennial generation registers to vote.

  • Unaffiliated voters are growing and now account for 1/3 of North Carolina voters.

  • North Carolina’s politics has become nationalized but local issues still matter.

  • North Carolina is growing in the urban areas, but 1 in 2 North Carolina counties lost population between 2010 and 2013.

  • We are likely to see large sums of outside money again for the 2016 elections.

  • 2016 will bring presidential, gubernatorial, and senate elections.

  • There will be a formal selection for NC House Speaker in December 2014.


Photo gallery*

June 2014: TCC Annual Membership Meeting/Luncheon Learn Program
Keynote Speaker - Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane

September 2013: Meet Your Candidate Mixer
Photo gallery*

August 2013: TCC Candidate Training School, Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The campaign school was taught by experts in political campaigns who have worked on and won hundreds of candidate and issue campaigns all over the country. This is your chance to interact with political experts and gain an invaluable wealth of knowledge, which may make the difference for your campaign. Whether you are a first time candidate, incumbent, campaign staff worker, volunteer, someone considering running for office, or a political activist, we will expand your knowledge at this campaign school.

August 2012: Meet Your Candidate Mixer
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. 
Photos of the event

April 2012: The Triangle Community Coalition held its Annual Membership Meeting on April 26th, 2012.

At the Annual Meeting the following action items took place:

  • Elected Julie Gavaghan, Keystone Corporation and Jeff Furman, Northwood Ravin to TCC's Board of Directors

  • Recognized Ross Rhudy with the James R. Wahlbrink Grassroots Leadership Award 2011

  • Recognized Immediate Past Chair for his outstanding and passionate service over the past two years as chair of the TCC

  • 2012 TCC 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

Luncheon Learn Program featured “Growth Potential: Assessing The Adequacy of Raleigh's Utility Infrastructure and its Impact on Economic Development.”

Michael Birch Jr. TCC Chairman
Michael Birch Jr. 2012 TCC Chairman

Raleigh recently 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.

Keynote speakers 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 Director.

Keynote speakers
 Keynote Speakers John Carman,
Mary Brice and Lyle Gardner

The following items were discussed:

  • The estimated costs of replacing above-ground and below-ground utility infrastructure

  • The linear feet per capita of utility infrastructure is high for Raleigh and its merger communities due to sprawled development

  • The impact of utility availability and service on economic development

  • The dependence on utility fee revenue from consumption-based billing as opposed to development fees or other revenue streams

  • The efforts to assess the full cost of service and allocate costs equitably across rate payers

  • The implications of the new Comprehensive Plan vision and draft unified development ordinance regulations on utility service and maintenance

  • Different approaches to paying for repair and maintenance of utility infrastructure

The following sponsors made this presentation possible:

January 2012: "TCC Special Event - Meet the Mayors"
Mayor Nancy McFarlane, City of Raleigh
- Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, Town of Cary
- Mayor Keith Weatherly, Town of Apex

Mayor Nancy McFarlane, City of Raleigh and
2012 Chairman

On Thursday, 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 region.


Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, Town of Cary and
Mayor Keith Weatherly, Town of Apex

September 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 of Ceremonies.

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 a success!

The feedback from both the candidates and guests has been excellent and we are looking forward to hosting the 2012 event.

I would 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!
Photo Gallery*

August 2011: Campaign Training School
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.

An evening 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.
Photo Gallery*

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 : http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/01/14/919448/gop-sees-opportunity-in-crisis.html

Congratulations 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!
Photo Gallery*

January 2010: The TCC held their Annual Meeting on January 22, 2010 celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the TCC.

  • Keynote 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 organization.
  • , 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.
  • Photo Gallery*

August 2009: Political Pig Pickin’
Chatham - click here*
Durham - click here*
Orange - click here*
Wake - click here*

Photo gallery and candidates click here*

The Candidates download*
                 ppt download

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 registration.

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

July 2009: The Raleigh Chamber YPN Community Involvement Event gave the TCC an opportunity to network with Raleigh-area young professionals.
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 , K&L Gates spent the morning sharing information about the TCC with attendees of the forum.

Apr 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 www.realtiycheck2009.org/wiki.

Jan 2009: The Triangle Community Coalition Holds Annual Meeting on Regional Issues Facing the Big Three Communities. more ...
News & Observer link  WRAL link  News14 & video link 
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.

Sept. 2008: This year was an exciting Pig Picking at Brier Creek.
Thanks to our sponsors: RRAR, TCAR, Toll Brothers, The John R. McAdams Company, Pulte Homes, K & L/Gates LLP, York Properties, Arcadis, Joseph C Woodard.
Straw poll detailed results*
Straw poll summary results*
Press release*
Candidate Photo Gallery*
Photo Gallery*

August 2008: 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 Raleigh.
read more on our blog
Photo gallery*

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
Call 919.664.7090 or email kwright@raleighchamber.org
Read more ...

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.
Photo gallery*

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?” 
Annual report*
Photo gallery*
Press release*  

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   Read more...

August 2007: Political Pig Picking at Brier Creek
Straw Poll Results download*
Info flyer download*
Picture gallery*
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 speech”.

July 2007: TCC Candidate School more ...

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.  more (members)...

Jan 2007: "Financing the 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)

Oct 2006: TCC’s 2006 Annual Pig Picking Results: Click here* for results from our straw poll! more ... 

Sept 2006: Triangle 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 (members)...

Jan 2006: County Leaders Discuss Growth Challenges at TCC Annual Meeting
The 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. more ...
Annual Report more* ...

Oct 11, 2005 Elections: TCC's Positions more ...

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 rcsinclair@tricc.org for more information.

Sept 29, 2005: 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 and 
Fundamentals in Running a Winning Campaign
more* ...

TCC's 2004 Annual Meeting Results. Read about TCC's events,
"Winning the Jobs War..." and the new James R. Wahlbrink Grassroots
Award, (Click here).

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 more*...

Sept. 2003: TCC’s second annual political pig picking drew a packed house. Read about this year's event and straw poll 
results more ...

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).


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