Member Luncheons

August Luncheon
Date: Tuesday, August 10th, 2021
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 
Topic: The Raleigh MARKET
Location: One Eleven Place and Zoom

Allied Members Meeting at 11:15am PRIOR TO LUNCHEON.



The Raleigh-Durham Market

North Carolina, and more specifically, the Raleigh-Durham market continues to grow. We have heard in the past about growth plans at RDU, that there is a constant influx of new residents, new properties continue to be developed and of course, we hear the announcements from Apple, Google, and Epic Games about their future plans.
But what are the driving factors behind this growth and what is coming that we do not yet know about?
Join us at our August meeting to hear from a panel of development experts from North Carolina, Durham and Wake County to discuss:
  • What is the Raleigh-Durham market known for?
  • Why are companies choosing this market to grow their business?
  • What are the different areas of the market being developed?
  • What projects are on the horizon?


Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Chief Executive Officer
In 2015, Christopher Chung joined the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) as Chief Executive Officer and brings more than 23 years of state-level economic development experience to the role.
As a public-private partnership, the EDPNC is responsible for a number of economic development functions on behalf of the State of North Carolina, including new business recruitment, existing business support, international trade and export assistance, small business start-up counseling, and tourism, sports, and film promotion. With a staff of 70 professionals and an annual operating budget of more than $25 million, the EDPNC is focused on improving the economic well-being and quality of life for North Carolina’s more than 10 million residents.
Bo Dobrzenski
Assistant Director at Durham City-County Planning
Bo Dobrzenski has worked for the Durham City-County Planning Department for 7 years. He has worked in development review, zoning enforcement, customer service, and currently serves as Senior Development Services Center Manager. Prior to working for Durham, he worked as a Planner for the Town of Zebulon where he processed land use cases, enforced zoning and nuisance ordinance regulations and assisted with long range planning projects. He is an American Planning Association Certified Planner (AICP), and North Carolina Certified Zoning Official. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from East Carolina University.
Michael Haley
Executive Director for Wake County Economic Development
Michael Haley is the Executive Director for Wake County Economic Development and the Senior Vice President of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.  Wake County Economic Development – a public-private partnership between Wake County, the City of Raleigh, and the private sector – is the lead economic development agency for Wake County. Michael leads WCED’s business recruitment, retention, and expansion; marketing and public relations; talent recruitment and retention; and support of entrepreneurship.