Make plans to join NC Go for our 2019 Annual Directors’ Meeting and Dinner – to hear about what’s next in transportation! Our speakers will include Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh Mayor (and NCFIRST Commission co-chair) and Michael Walden, Ph.D., NCSU professor and economist.
- What: NC Go Annual Meeting and Dinner
- When: October 17, 2019
- Board of Directors meeting: 3:30pm-5pm (Any dues-paying members are welcome to attend)
- Reception and Dinner: 5:30pm-7:30pm
- Where: NCSU Dorothy & Roy Park Alumni Center – 2450 Alumni Drive Raleigh, NC 27606
- Who: Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and NCSU professor and economist Michael L. Walden (bios below sponsor info) and NC Go Chair Marc Finlayson
Mayor Nancy McFarlane, City of Raleigh
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was first elected to Raleigh City Council in 2007 and served two terms before being elected Mayor in 2011. She is currently serving her fourth term as mayor and is only the second woman to serve as Mayor of Raleigh in the city’s history.
Mayor McFarlane is a graduate of the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of Virginia, she has called Raleigh home for more than 35 years. During that time she has worked as a pharmacist and business owner while raising her family.
As a public servant, she has a reputation for advocating for the community whether that was improving our public schools, protecting neighborhoods and the environment, or supporting public transportation and the expansion of transit options.
As a top-tier American city, Raleigh frequently receives accolades and ranks at the top of “best of” lists. Under Mayor McFarlane’s leadership, Raleigh’s reputation as one of the best places to live, work and play in the county has only grown. As mayor, she has led efforts to expand public transit, update the city’s Unified Development Ordinance, protect our natural resources and environment, support small business and entrepreneurs, champion the Arts and was instrumental in the city’s purchase of Dorothea Dix Park – securing the property for development as a world-class destination park to be enjoyed by the public for generations to come.
Mayor McFarlane is also committed to partnering with other elected officials in Raleigh, the Triangle, and across the state to move forward issues of importance to municipal government. Mayor McFarlane is committed to maintaining Raleigh’s reputation as one of the best places to live, learn, work and play in the country; and in securing Raleigh’s future as a leading 21st century city.
Michael L. Walden, PH.D., NC State University
Dr. Michael L. Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University, and a member of the Graduate Economics faculty with The Poole College of Management. His Ph.D. degree is from Cornell University and he has been at N.C. State since 1978. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Duke University.
Walden has published twelve books and over 300 articles and reports, including his newest book, North Carolina beyond the Connected Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050.
Walden can be frequently seen, heard, and read in the media. He has daily radio programs aired on stations around North Carolina. His biweekly column, You Decide, is carried by over 40 newspapers in the state. He has made close to 3000 personal presentations.
Walden has won numerous academic and public awards, including two Champion-Tuck Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and the Holladay Medal for Excellence from North Carolina State University. He has also served on several state and local commissions, and currently is a member of the NC Future Investment Resources for Sustainable Transportation (NCFIRST) Commission.