Lexingtonians in North Carolina to study region’s successes, challenges

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – About 170 Lexingtonians are in Raleigh, North Carolina studying the regions successes and challenges.

Commerce Lexington, Inc., the Greater Lexington (KY) Chamber of Commerce and other community leaders and business professionals are taking part in the annual leadership visit.

The group is there to study what’s worked, what hasn’t, and then bring that knowledge back to enhance the Bluegrass region.

Commerce Lexington Inc. 2019 Board Chair Jeff Koonce, Market President of WesBanco Bank, said, “We are very excited to see what we can learn from Raleigh. Both Lexington and Raleigh have been recognized among the top cities to raise a family, get a great education, for young professionals and access to excellent health care. Both are also consistently cited among the best educated workforces in the nation. During the trip, our group will take a look at how Raleigh is handling its rapid population growth, how its education system has sustained its success for many years, and its strategies for attracting and retaining talent within the region.”

Commerce Lexington said the annual trip has influenced many community initiatives and programs, like Thursday Night Live, enhancements in trail systems, improvements in Fayette County Public Schools facilities, and the award-winning EMERGE conference for emerging leaders.

Organizers say it’s one of the longest-running and largest intercity visits of its kind among Chamber of Commerce and economic development groups nationally.

You can read more about the three-day trip HERE.

The group is scheduled to return Friday.

Day 2 of the Leadership Visit in Raleigh, North Carolina is underway with a panel on regionalism.

The Leadership Visit delegation closed out the first day of sessions in Raleigh with a panel on the city’s talent strategies and development.

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