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“Made in the U.S.A.” has made a comeback, offering cities an opportunity to capitalize on the new era of American manufacturing – “The Maker Movement.” This seminar will examine how the Makers—a combination of today’s artisans, computer engineers, and small-scale manufactures—are a growing part of the local small business ecosystem. These micro-businesses design and develop products at home or in public workspaces to market and sell online. As the maker movement scales, these 21st-century artisans will need unique business development support. Learn how to unlock the growth of maker entrepreneurs to increase innovation and build a stronger local economy.

Credits: 4
Specialization Area: Community & Economic Development
Level: 101
Audience: Local Elected Officials
Cost: $150 by September 15

Learn how local government leaders can reduce racial bias through smart policy decisions and strong civic engagement. This seminar will examine how racial tensions have affected cities across the nation. Learn how to shift from a reactive approach to a proactive agenda. Take home the ability to identify specific opportunities to lead local efforts that advance racial equity.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Leadership
Level
: 101
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 15

The City of Rock Hill is known as a sports tourism destination. This tour will include an overview of the City’s sports tourism facilities and its history in the field. Participants will take behind the scenes tours of nationally recognized sporting venues – including the site of the 2017 BMX Supercross World Championships. Additionally, the City will share workable financing mechanisms that remove the burden on local tax payers and provide an overview of how to measure the direct community economic impact for sporting events. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

On this two-stop tour, you’ll start at the Carolinas Aviation Museum – home to the “Miracle on The Hudson” Airplane featured in the major motion picture “Sully” starring Tom Hanks. Enjoy the vast collection of aircraft covering years of NC aviation history including the Wright Brothers first flight!

Next, take a tour of the Billy Graham Library museum. Kown for his Crusades, Graham has made Gallup’s list of most admired men and women 55 times since 1955 — more than any other individual in the world. Visit this evangelical Christian’s library/museum and his childhood home. See firsthand how he attained global influence, and just how respected he has been by world leaders and celebrities of all types for more than six decades.

Cost $49 per person

Includes transportation, guide, admissions and time at the gift shops

(Offered both Wednesday morning and afternoon.)

Climb aboard, sit back and enjoy your official welcome to “The Queen City.” This tour begins with a two-hour bus tour of Charlotte in the comfort of a climate-controlled luxury motor coach. Our professional tour guide will educate you about Charlotte’s early history and its fascinating involvement in the birth of this nation. You will get to experience the gleaming, vibrant Center City as your guide points out fascinating works of arts, architecture, public parks, museums and entertainment venues.

You will also experience some of the most visually stunning aspects of Charlotte’s historic neighborhoods, their mansions, landmarks and gardens, including the historical Duke Mansion and VanLandingham Estate. Plus, get a look at some of the area’s Treasured Trees – very old trees in the Charlotte area that are documented as the largest known of their species or the only of their kind in the state.

After the bus tour, you’ll visit the Levine Museum of the New South for a self-guided tour.  This interactive museum provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.

Cost: $44 per person

Includes transportation, professional Charlotte tour guide, plus a self-guided tour of the Levine Museum and museum admission.

(Offered both Wednesday morning and afternoon.)

Climb aboard, sit back and enjoy your official welcome to “The Queen City.” This tour begins with a two-hour bus tour of Charlotte in the comfort of a climate-controlled luxury motor coach. Our professional tour guide will educate you about Charlotte’s early history and its fascinating involvement in the birth of this nation. You will get to experience the gleaming, vibrant Center City as your guide points out fascinating works of arts, architecture, public parks, museums and entertainment venues.

You will also experience some of the most visually stunning aspects of Charlotte’s historic neighborhoods, their mansions, landmarks and gardens, including the historical Duke Mansion and VanLandingham Estate. Plus, get a look at some of the area’s Treasured Trees – very old trees in the Charlotte area that are documented as the largest known of their species or the only of their kind in the state.

After the bus tour, you’ll visit the Levine Museum of the New South for a self-guided tour.  This interactive museum provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.

Cost: $44 per person

Includes transportation, professional Charlotte tour guide, plus a self-guided tour of the Levine Museum and museum admission.

(Offered both Wednesday and Thursday mornings.)

Get an insider look at the world of NASCAR racing on this two-stop tour.

Charlotte Motor Speedway – On the Charlotte Motor Speedway “Feel the Thrill” Tour you’ll experience the 24-degree banking in the turns and areas of the legendary superspeedway that are not accessible to fans on race days. You will also get to see the NASCAR garages located in the infield, travel the two infield road courses, ride down pit road and stop for a picture in Victory Lane.

Hendrick Motorsports – One of the most successful teams in NASCAR history, Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) is the home to the Sprint Cup teams of record-tying seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., NASCAR winning driver Kasey Kahne and current rookie-of-the-year Chase Elliott. Tour the museum and team store and check out the race team shops to get a good feel for the fascinating world of racing and the many drivers who came through the HMS tables.

Cost: $49 per person

Includes transportation, guide, admissions, guided tour of the speedway and time at gift shops

(Offered both Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.)

Spend a few hours touring behind the scenes of the newly renovated Bank of America Stadium! Your group will get a private tour of Bank of America Stadium – home of the Carolina Panthers NFL team who won three consecutive NFC Championships leading up to their Super Bowl bid in 2016 led by star quarterback Cam Newton!

We’ll then drive by or stop at some of Charlotte’s other sports stadiums including BB&T Ballpark – home to the Charlotte Knights AAA baseball team, Spectrum Arena where the Charlotte Hornets NBA team competes and over to Memorial Stadium—home to the Charlotte Hounds Major League Lacrosse team.

Cost: $40 per person

Tour includes transportation, guide, private tour and admissions

 

Visit the North End Smart District and learn how the City of Charlotte worked with community leaders and the private sector to develop an innovation district. You’ll meet with community leaders, hear how technology was used to inform the process, learn about the public-private partnerships used to develop the innovation district, and see the results first-hand.

Type: Bus and walking tour

See the dramatic transformation of Charlotte’s first enclosed mall into a thriving mixed-use center with condos, restaurants and offices totaling almost one million square feet. Learn how the city and county worked together with the private sector to improve infrastructure and intersections, and even to uncover a previously piped-in stream to build a beautiful greenway. This 14-acre site now includes a 93,000 square-foot high-rise tower that achieved LEED Silver certification from the Green Building Certification Institute for its sustainable construction and energy efficient systems.

Type: Bus and walking tour