From the University of North Carolina at Asheville, released March 31:

The Asheville Graduate Center will host the Second Home Development Symposium from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., April 14, at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. The program is designed for planners, policy-makers, Realtors, developers, bankers, academics, community leaders, non-profit organizations and citizens interested in the policies and issues surrounding second home development. Cost for the daylong event, which will include a panel discussion and small-group sessions, is $25.
Featured speakers will include:
Mick Ireland, two-term mayor of Aspen, Col., who will speak on “Challenges of Maintaining a Community Sense of Place in Mountain Resort Regions.”
Linda Venturoni, president, Venturoni Surveys and Research, Inc., who will speak on “Measuring and Understanding the Impacts of Second Home Development in Mountain Communities.”
The facilitator will be Dave Brown, executive director of Asheville HUB, provost emeritus Wake Forest University and former chancellor of UNC Asheville.
Panelists will include: 

  • John Ager, part-owner, Hickory Nut Gap Farm; partner, Drovers Road Preserve, sustainable residential community.
  • Christopher Cooper, director, Public Policy Institute and associate professor of political science, Western Carolina University.
  • Linda Giltz, regional planner – land use, Land of Sky Regional Council.
  • Neal Hanks, Jr., president, Beverly-Hanks and Associates.
  • Gibbs Knotts, associate professor and chair, Political Science and Public Affairs Department, Western Carolina University.
  • David Kozak, executive vice president and chief lending officer, Asheville Savings Bank.
  • Leah Mathews, associate professor, economics, UNC Asheville.
  • Terrence Milstead, assistant professor, geography and planning, Appalachian State University.
  • Heidi Reiber, director of research, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The symposium is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Tourism; East Carolina University; UNC Asheville’s Asheville Graduate Center and North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement; Asheville HUB; The Van Winkle Law Firm; and Western Carolina University. For more information or to register visit the symposium Web page or contact Shirley Bateman at (828) 251-6642 or

Editor’s note: This posting was revised April 5 to reflect a follow-up press release’s correction concerning the date of the event.

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