CCOG Announces Morning Keynote Speaker for the Creative Solutions for Thriving Communities Conference April 6

Peter Kageyama, the co-founder and producer of the Creative Cities Summit, will be the morning keynote speaker for Centralina's Creative Solutions for Thriving Communities Conference, April 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Kageyama is the former president of the grassroots community change organization Creative Tampa Bay, and author of "For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places." He is a community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks throughout the world about bottom-up community development and the people who are making change happen.

"Peter is a great addition to this year's conference which will focus on building strong, resilient communities," said Centralina Council of Governments Executive Director Jim Prosser. "Our sessions and speakers concentrate on real solutions for the challenges our communities in this region face."

The conference will provide practical and creative strategies highlighting best practices on a regional, state and national level. Sessions will focus on five key areas to building strong, resilient communities:

  • growing jobs and the economy;
  • transportation choices;
  • livable healthy communities for all ages;
  • efficient governance; and,
  • data and technology.

Register now and take advantage of the early bird rate of $99 for government/non-profit attendees. On March 21, 2017, that rate will increase to $125.  More than 200 community leaders, many of them local government staff and elected officials, are expected to attend the conference.

If you have any questions about the conference, contact Kelly Weston ( ). Those interested in conference sponsorship or conference support information may contact Conference Sponsorships Coordinator Nina Walters ( or Conference Sponsorships Committee chair Vicki Bott (

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