Innovate Raleigh Summit: Placemaking, Sustainability + Transportation

RALEIGH, N.C. --­ Innovate Raleigh is pleased to announce the details of the the 5th Annual Summit which will take place at Nash Hall from 2:00 to 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 25th. This annual conference aimed at connecting and engaging the Triangle’s innovation stakeholders, will explore Placemaking, Sustainability + Transportation. The Summit will feature four sessions that speak to the aspirational ideas and practical benefits of fostering a ‘greater good’ approach to business and community.

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Bonny Moellenbrock, Executive Director of Investors’ Circle, will open up the Summit with a presentation about the bottom line benefits of sustainable and socially conscious business and investing ethically.

For the following two sessions, senior associates from Mobility Lab, a national leader in public transportation research and journalism based in Arlington, VA, will take attendees on a deep­dive of smart technologies and equitable solutions. Paul Mackie, Communications Director of Mobility Lab, will discuss initiatives from the Triangle and around the country that allow cities and businesses to improve traffic, the environment and quality of life. Then, Ashley Robbins, a Research Analyst for Mobility Lab, will host a panel on responsible community growth featuring Dr. Roberta Abdul­Salaam, a retired Georgia State Representative who has been active in organizing for progressive transit initiatives, Eric Lamb, Manager of the City of Raleigh Office of Transportation Planning, Joe Milazzo, Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Alliance and Josh Cohen, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at TransLoc.

Closing the Summit, John Replogle, President and CEO of Seventh Generation, will offer a keynote on his commitment to sustainable business practices and his desire to remain in and grow the Triangle community. Replogle previously spent five years as the President and CEO of Burt's Bees and has served on the Boards for Habitat for Humanity, Terracycle, Ravenscroft and Dartmouth College.

To wrap up the 2016 Summit, ticket holders are invited to enjoy a reception at Skyhouse Raleigh’s roof veranda, a brief walk away from Nash Hall. The gathering will feature craft beverages from TOPO Distillery, Lonerider Brewing and The Raleigh Wine Shop, as well as locally sourced hors d'oeuvres prepared by Snap Pea Underground & Catering, the regionally renowned caterers who are celebrated for their unique pop­up events throughout the Triangle. Wylde, the Raleigh­based floral design studio will provide organic and seasonal arrangements for the Summit and reception. Music for the Summit and reception will be curated by Hopscotch Music Festival and will spotlight artists from 2016 lineup.

The $50 ticket includes the Summit, as well as the reception and can be purchased via

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