CONNECT Our Future holds meeting for business and development interests

Feb. 5, 2013 — What factors make land more attractive to develop? Where are the ‘hot spots’ for future growth in the region? Your input is needed to determine the local, development-related assumptions that will be used to build the regional scenario planning model, which will be used to measure the trade-offs and costs associated with competing future growth alternatives.
CONNECT Our Future is inviting economic developers, land development specialists, real estate professionals, site selection consultants, business location analysts, downtown development professionals and land preservation specialists to participate in the focus group meeting. The meeting will be used to capture the effect of market conditions or business site selection criteria in making one area more attractive to develop over others in the region. Your local knowledge about growth, development, and site selection factors that impact development decisions is needed to locally calibrate the regional scenario planning model.
The focus group will generate a list of factors that make land in the region more attractive to develop, rank those factors in order of importance, and answer general questions about ‘hot spots’ for future growth in the region. Information generated at the meeting will be used by the project team to build the scenario planning computer model that measures the trade-offs associated with competing regional growth scenarios.
A series of two-hour meetings have been scheduled in five NC counties. Locally, a meeting will be held on Wed., Feb. 20, from 9-11 a.m. at the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce office, 3003 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Suite 2, Kannapolis, NC.
Please confirm your attendance by Thursday, Feb. 7, by contacting Michelle Nance at or 704-348-2709, noting the meeting location that you plan to attend and your email address. Additional information will be sent to you via email prior to the event, including a workbook that will used to help organize and facilitate the meeting. Following the event, information collected from participants will be summarized and made available to all focus group members.
Your participation in the focus group for business and development interests in the region will be an asset to the planning process.
About CONNECT Our Future:
The CONNECT Our Future initiative brings together residents, local governments, businesses and non-profit interests in a fourteen county area (including North and South Carolina) to create a regional growth framework that will enable this region to promote growing jobs and the economy, improving quality of life and controlling the cost of government. The initiative includes a regional scenario planning study, which provides stakeholders the opportunity to explore and debate regional growth scenarios, their trade-offs, costs, and alternative futures. Among other uses, the intent of the scenario planning study is to add to the ongoing dialogue of growth, development, and transportation investments in the region and provide useful information for developing long-range land use and transportation plans.
One component of the partnering strategy developed for CONNECT Our Future is the use of focus groups, which will help build the computer scenario planning model that measures the trade-offs associated with competing regional growth scenarios. Specifically, these focus groups will provide input needed to mimic local land development decisions in several components of the model, including land suitability, build-out potential, and growth allocation.
For more information on the CONNECT our Future project, please visit