Tune in to 97.9 The Hill on Wednesday, October 16 from 3-7 p.m. for the second annual Orange County Summit.

Panelists will discuss topics such as transportation, affordable housing, economic development and education within Orange County. The panel will be hosted by WCHL’s Aaron Keck.

Tune in to 97.9 FM/1360 AM, stream online at Chapelboro.com, or visit in person at the Whitted Building in Hillsborough. The panel will be open to the public from 3-7 p.m.

Hour 1

  • First segment: BOCC’s approach to social justice (3 – 3:30 p.m.)

Panelists: Penny Rich, Chair, Orange County Board of Commissioners; Mark Dorosin, Orange County Commissioner; Ashley Heger, Orange County Food Council Coordinator; Allison Zirkel, Orange County Criminal Justice Resource Department; Robert Williams, Orange County Solid Waste Director; Anna Richards, NAACP.

  • Second segment: Affordable Housing (3:30 – 4 p.m.)

Panelists: Emila Sutton, Orange County Housing and Community Development Director; Dolores Bailey and Robert Dowling, co-chairs, Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition; Corey Root, Partnership to End Homelessness

Commissioner: Sally Greene

Hour 2:

  • First segment: Public Transportation (4 – 4:30 p.m.)

Panelists: Theo Letman, Orange County Public Transportation; Brian Litchfield, Chapel Hill Transit; Damon Seils, Carrboro Alderman and MPO Chair; Jenn Weaver, Hillsborough Town Commissioner; Michael Parker, Chapel Hill Town Council.

Commissioner: Renee Price

  • Second segment: Tourism/Arts (4:30 – 5 p.m.)

Panelists: Laurie Paolicelli, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor’s Bureau; Katie Murray, Orange County Arts Commission; Fred Joiner, Chair, Orange County Arts Commission Advisory Board

Commissioner: Penny Rich

Hour 3:

  • First segment: Education: K-12 (5 – 5:30 p.m.)

Panelists: Joal Broun, Chair, CHCCS Board of Education; Will Atherton, Chair, Orange County Schools Board of Education; Dr. Randy Bridges, Interim Superintendent, Orange County Schools; Patrick Abele, Assistant Superintendent, CHCCS.

Commissioner: Jamezetta Bedford

  • Second segment:  Workforce Development (5:30 – 6 p.m.)

Panelists: Penny Gluck, Executive Director of Durham Technical Community College’s Hillsborough campus; Shannon Braxton, Director of the Arts and Career & Technical Education, Orange County Schools; Robin Gallaher, Career Development Coordinator, CHCCS CTE Program

Commissioner: Mark Marcoplos

Hour 4: Economic Development

  • First segment: Industrial recruitment (6 – 6:30 p.m.)

Panelists: Steve Brantley, Orange County Economic Development Director; Bill Ingram, Durham Tech President; Dominic Pitocco, ABB Plant Manager in Mebane, Orange County; Sharon Hill, Orange County Economic Development Commission

Commissioner: Earl McKee

  • Second segment: Small business services (6:30 – 7 p.m.)

Panelists: Amanda Garner, Assistant Director, Orange County Economic Development; Mike Ortosky, Agriculture Economic Developer; Barbara Jessie-Black, Executive Director, PTA Thrift Shop; Kelly Owensby of Transplanting Traditions.

Commissioner: Penny Rich