Inter-Regional Visit Kicks Off in Raleigh, North Carolina

Inter-Regional Visit Kicks Off in Raleigh, North Carolina

“We’re coming together as a region to continue to drive economic growth and prosperity in Hampton Roads,” said Bryan K. Stephens, President and CEO, Hampton Roads Chamber.

The Hampton Roads Chamber touched down in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 23 for the annual Inter-Regional Visit (IRV). For three days the Chamber will bring delegates and business decision-makers together to evaluate Raleigh, Durham and Triangle’s best practices, prosperous economy, and enviable growth. “I can’t think of a better event bringing the visitor economy of Hampton Roads down to Raleigh,” said opening reception and dinner sponsor Kurt Krause, President and CEO, VisitNorfolk during the first day of the Inter Regional Visit.

First up on the agenda was a reception and dinner at Morgan Street Food Hall and Market, sponsored by Visit Norfolk featuring distinguished guests Jim Hansen, Board Chair of Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and Geoff Durham, President and CEO of Durham Chamber of Commerce. Morgan Street Food Hall is a popular local eatery spot including more than 20 restaurant vendors in Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

“We’re here to take a look at Raleigh, Durham and the Triangle region to examine their best practices,” said Stephens. “They are a juggernaut for economic development and growth the way they are attracting and retaining talent.”

The region is bustling with growth and a booming economy; cranes and construction are happening across the city as new buildings are built, companies are expanding, and residents are moving in. Their population is growing by 65 people per day, with 40 of those new residents coming from outside the region, and 70% of new residents have bachelor’s degrees or higher.

“As we coordinate these inter regional visits, we couldn’t do it without the strong support of the local chambers,” said Stephens as he introduced Jim Hansen, Regional President of PNC Bank Eastern Carolinas and the Board Chair for Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

“Raleigh is transforming rapidly,” said Hansen. “One of the ways we continue growing is to market the region.” He went on to say that the region boasts 2.1 million people and continues growing daily.

“There is a theme of innovation, diversity, inclusivity and collaboration that you will see as you interact with and throughout the Triangle.” said Geoff Durham, President and CEO, Durham Chamber of Commerce as he delivered final remarks. Durham thanked the audience of 75 for traveling to Raleigh for the IRV. “It’s a real privilege to work with the great people of the Hampton Roads Chamber,” ended Durham.  

The Hampton Roads Chamber is a powerful economic partner, inspiring ignitor, impactful advocate, and regional collaborator. During the IRV, the Hampton Roads Chamber’s goal is to ignite positive change for Hampton Roads while studying the region’s economic development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, transportation, sports marketing and sense of place development.

Thank you to the following sponsors: Dominion Energy (Presenting Sponsor); S.B. Ballard Construction Company (Bag Sponsor); VisitNorfolk (Opening Reception and Dinner Sponsor); Principle Advantage (Mayor’s Reception Sponsor); Williams Mullen (Dinner Sponsor); PNC (Luncheon Sponsor); Safelight Auto Glass, James White (Scholarship Sponsor); Cox (Supporting Sponsor).

Inter-Regional Visit Kicks Off in Raleigh, North Carolina

“We’re coming together as a region to continue to drive economic growth and prosperity in Hampton Roads,” said Bryan K. Stephens, President and CEO, Hampton Roads Chamber.

The Hampton Roads Chamber touched down in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 23 for the annual Inter-Regional Visit (IRV). For three days the Chamber will bring delegates and business decision-makers together to evaluate Raleigh, Durham and Triangle’s best practices, prosperous economy, and enviable growth. “I can’t think of a better event bringing the visitor economy of Hampton Roads down to Raleigh,” said opening reception and dinner sponsor Kurt Krause, President and CEO, VisitNorfolk during the first day of the Inter Regional Visit.

First up on the agenda was a reception and dinner at Morgan Street Food Hall and Market, sponsored by Visit Norfolk featuring distinguished guests Jim Hansen, Board Chair of Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and Geoff Durham, President and CEO of Durham Chamber of Commerce. Morgan Street Food Hall is a popular local eatery spot including more than 20 restaurant vendors in Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

“We’re here to take a look at Raleigh, Durham and the Triangle region to examine their best practices,” said Stephens. “They are a juggernaut for economic development and growth the way they are attracting and retaining talent.”

The region is bustling with growth and a booming economy; cranes and construction are happening across the city as new buildings are built, companies are expanding, and residents are moving in. Their population is growing by 65 people per day, with 40 of those new residents coming from outside the region, and 70% of new residents have bachelor’s degrees or higher.

“As we coordinate these inter regional visits, we couldn’t do it without the strong support of the local chambers,” said Stephens as he introduced Jim Hansen, Regional President of PNC Bank Eastern Carolinas and the Board Chair for Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

“Raleigh is transforming rapidly,” said Hansen. “One of the ways we continue growing is to market the region.” He went on to say that the region boasts 2.1 million people and continues growing daily.

“There is a theme of innovation, diversity, inclusivity and collaboration that you will see as you interact with and throughout the Triangle.” said Geoff Durham, President and CEO, Durham Chamber of Commerce as he delivered final remarks. Durham thanked the audience of 75 for traveling to Raleigh for the IRV. “It’s a real privilege to work with the great people of the Hampton Roads Chamber,” ended Durham.  

The Hampton Roads Chamber is a powerful economic partner, inspiring ignitor, impactful advocate, and regional collaborator. During the IRV, the Hampton Roads Chamber’s goal is to ignite positive change for Hampton Roads while studying the region’s economic development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, transportation, sports marketing and sense of place development.

Thank you to the following sponsors: Dominion Energy (Presenting Sponsor); S.B. Ballard Construction Company (Bag Sponsor); VisitNorfolk (Opening Reception and Dinner Sponsor); Principle Advantage (Mayor’s Reception Sponsor); Williams Mullen (Dinner Sponsor); PNC (Luncheon Sponsor); Safelight Auto Glass, James White (Scholarship Sponsor); Cox (Supporting Sponsor).

 

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