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4/13/2011 - Second-home impact focus of UNC Asheville symposium
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Many people vacation in Asheville and year round there are activities in the city and surrounding region that entertain and attract travelers. After experiencing Asheville some decide to move here, others choose to maintain a second home in our lovely city. If it's vacation homes, income properties or seasonal retreats, Asheville is the prime setting... - Ben Falcon

ASHEVILLE -- 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:

o Mick Ireland, two-term mayor of Aspen, Colorado, who will speak on "Challenges of Maintaining a Community Sense of Place in Mountain Resort Regions."

o 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:

o John Ager, part-owner, Hickory Nut Gap Farm; partner, Drovers Road Preserve, sustainable residential community

o Christopher Cooper, director, Public Policy Institute and associate professor of political science, Western Carolina University

o Linda Giltz, regional planner - land use, Land of Sky Regional Council

o Neal Hanks, Jr., president, Beverly-Hanks and Associates

o Gibbs Knotts, associate professor and chair, Political Science and Public Affairs Department, Western Carolina University

o David Kozak, executive vice president and chief lending officer, Asheville Savings Bank

o Leah Mathews, associate professor, economics, UNC Asheville

o Terrence Milstead, assistant professor, geography and planning, Appalachian State University

o Heidi Reiber, director of research, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

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