Institute official to moderate AARP 'livability' panel

Mary Newsom, associate director of urban and regional affairs at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, will moderate a panel of local experts Thursday at AARP’s “Making a More Livable Mecklenburg Summit.”

Speakers will include Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee and Mayor Patsy Kinsey.

The event will explore Charlotte’s evolution into a larger city and how its ever-increasing aging population will affect transportation, mobility and housing.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Queens University Athletic Center on Tyvola Road in Charlotte. To register, click here, or call 1-877-926-8300. A networking breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.

Carlee will speak at 9:30 a.m., and Kinsey will speak at 12:15 p.m.

Newsom will moderate a panel discussion at 10 a.m. among:

  • Jim Prosser, executive director of the Centralina Council of Governments, which is engaged in a 14-county regional community planning process called CONNECT; (To learn more about CONNECT, see our previous articles.)
  • Heidi Pruess, Mecklenburg County’s environmental policy administrator and a lead coordinator of the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan, a joint initiative under way among Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, the six other municipalities in the county, and Foundation for the Carolinas;
  • Dan Gallagher, transportation planning manager with the Charlotte Department of Transportation; and
  • Ed McKinney, assistant planning director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department.