In April, more than 150 elected officials, business leaders, innovators and influencers from Raleigh traveled to Seattle for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Inter-City Visit & Leadership Conference (ICVLC18). Their collective mission was to learn from a city, not unlike ours, that’s dealing with fast-paced growth: 1,000 people move to the Seattle area each week, currently more than double Wake County’s rate. But with rumblings of Apple and Amazon looking to open up offices in the Triangle, we can expect to catch up soon. We asked some of the travelers what they learned from the trip about how Seattle is coping with the same issues Raleigh faces: managing growth, keeping up with the demand for affordable housing, and planning for transportation, infrastructure and economic development. Here are some of their takeaways.
“Be proactive. [Seattle’s] transportation gridlock hurts them and the Triangle has an opportunity to plan for the long term while moving swiftly to impact transit today. Seattle’s high average home price can be avoided if we consider all types of housing inventory—high density multifamily, transit oriented development, tiny houses/granny flats and suburban development.” –Billie Redmond, Trademark Properties
“Be innovative in your partnerships, don’t keep doing the norm, think outside the box and determine how academic, corporate, nonprofit, government and community can work together.” –Jodi Stamey, William Peace University, via Twitter