Community Connections: What will Alamance County be like in 2030? – Feb. 4

Elon University and the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News will hold an expert panel on the future of the community in an “Alamance County: 2030” program on Feb. 4 from 7-8:15 p.m. in McKinnon Hall of the Moseley Center.

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“Alamance County: 2030” will be the theme to the second of three “Community Connections” campus programs taking place during the 2014-15 academic year in a partnership between Elon University and the Times-News of Burlington, N.C.

“What we hope the audience takes away from this event is an understanding of where Alamance County is headed over the next 15 years and what we should know as a community to help move it in the right direction,” said Assistant Professor Jason Husser, Faculty Fellow for Civic Engagement. 

The discussion takes place from 7-8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, in McKinnon Hall inside the university’s Moseley Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists are well versed in key information and trends about Alamance County.

  • David Cheek, Mebane City Manager

  • April Durr, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Alamance County

  • Ryan Kirk, Assistant Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies

  • Amy Nelson, Director of Planning and Economic Development, City of Burlington

Members of the general public campus community members selected the three themes – domestic violence, hunger, and “Alamance County in 2030” – via online voting and a fall College Coffee on campus.

“Hunger” will serve as the theme of the spring program. A November forum focused on domestic violence. Panelists for the “Alamance County: 2030” program will be announced in January.

Community Connections forums take on a lively format. They consist in large part of an expert panel having an open conversation with audience members.

The goal of Community Connections forums is to create thoughtful dialog with members of the university community as well as those who in live in Alamance County and the surrounding area. Previous forums have explored issues surrounding health care, gun violence, education and poverty.

The Community Connections program is co-sponsored by Elon’s Council on Civic Engagement and the Times-News. For more information on the program, please contact Jason Husser at (336) 278-5239 or