what happens when citizens and leaders across two states, fourteen counties and dozens of towns and cities "put people in charge of [the] region's future?"
The impacts resonate today...
SOLID designed and facilitated the historic Voices & Choices 1998 Regional Environmental Summit, bringing hundreds of elected officials, citizen leaders, subject matter experts and leading organizations in North and South Carolina together for the first time to address quality of life issues on open space protection, land and water quality, transportation planning and recycling/waste management.
Collaboration is a SOLID value. A regional effort was nearly unknown in 1995 when the Peirce Report was published and visionary leaders like Betty Chafin Rash led the response, bringing hundreds of local, regional and state leaders together. Citizen and business leaders Lisa Renstrom and Bob Freedman collaborated to sound a clarion call for quality of life issues, and skilled practitioner Denis Hayes partnered with Tracy Russ to craft the 1998 Summit as Interactive Decisions, a progenitor of SOLID.