ULI Charlotte: CoffeeTalk: Moving from Suburban Office Park to Urban Destination


2023-09-28T08:30:00 - 2023-09-28T10:00:00

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    Overlook 13146 Ballantyne Corporate Place Charlotte, NC 28277 United States


    Standard Pricing Until September 20 Members Non-Members
    All Types $30.00 N/A
    All Types $40.00 N/A

    Learn how the Ballantyne Reimagined project seeks to activate the community, evolve workplace, and create a unique destination. From a six-acre stream park to a vibrant amphitheater and retail district, the Ballantyne campus is evolving as a destination while continuing to be an economic driver for the region. 

    Member only event. Light refreshments will be provided.


    • Clifton Coble, SVP, Development, Northwood Office 
    • Rhett Crocker, President/CEO, LandDesign 
    • Ed Driggs, Charlotte City Councilmember - District 7 
    • Bridget Grant, Land Use and Development Consultant, Moore & Van Allen (Moderator)



    Ed Driggs

    Council Member, Charlotte City Council

    Edmund H. Driggs, a republican, was elected in 2013 and is serving his fourth term on City Council. During his career at major financial institutions, Driggs specialized in arranging financings and securities offerings for corporate clients and advising them on strategic transactions. After retiring in 2001, he moved to South Charlotte with his wife Caroline and their two children, who are both CMS graduates. Since moving to Charlotte, Driggs's community service has included service on the boards of WTVI and Communities in Schools as well as on the President's Council at Central Piedmont Community College. His volunteer activities have including tutoring students at EE Waddell High School, assisting at the Classroom Central distribution center, and giving classes in economics and personal finance at CMS schools and CPCC. He joined the Charlotte Rotary Club in 2004 and has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his donations to the Rotary International Foundation. Driggs holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and pursued graduate studies in mathematical economics at the Free University of Berlin and Oxford University. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, retiring from the reserves in 1987.


    Rhett Crocker

    President/CEO, LandDesign

    LandDesign is a multi-disciplinary firm offering urban design, planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering and branding. In addition to serving as president of LandDesign, he is an award-winning designer who guides the vision and culture of the firm rooted in the principle of collaboration. Rhett works closely with clients, the community and his team, always taking unique approaches to complex sites to ensure that the best ideas are realized, resulting in beautiful and implentable designs. He leads the firm’s strategic vision that empowers LandDesign to show its clients and communities around the world that every project matters. As a nationally recognized leader in master planned communities and mixed use development, Rhett focuses on providing each project with the ideas and design leadership that will differentiate it in a competitive market and position it for the greatest economic return. Through his experience on complex projects, Rhett can adeptly orchestrate large teams of experts focused on achieving a unified vision. This collaborative approach has enabled him to lead major projects across the United States and globally. Rhett has worked on a number of notable projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth region including master plans for Castle Hills, a major mixed use community in Lewisville, Texas and the community of Viridian in Arlington, Texas. In addition, Rhett has led design and master planning for the San Juan Puerto Rico Waterfront; Puerto Cancun Community Plan in Mexico; University Research Park in Charlotte; and Romare Beardon Park in Uptown Charlotte. Rhett has won a number of awards for his projects including Southborough, a mixed use urban infill development in Charlotte that innovatively blended a large home improvement retail center into a historic neighborhood; and Blakeney Town Center, a master planned 300-acre mixed use development that has been awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects NC Chapter – 2007 Award of Merit.


    Bridget Grant

    Land Use Consultant, Moore & Van Allen PLLC

    Bridget Grant joined the Charlotte office of Moore & Van Allen as a Land Use and Development Consultant in 2016. Her primary role at the Firm is to help clients navigate various regulatory environments associated with entitlement and permitting processes, including rezoning efforts, subdivision compliance, land use ordinance and planning projects and transportation and master planning matters. Bridget has nearly twenty years of land planning and urban design experience in both the private and public sector. Before joining MVA, Bridget was a Planning Coordinator for the City of Charlotte providing technical and design guidance on complex development projects, policy implementation and community planning. She served as the Project Manager leading the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Zoning Ordinance rewrite, administered the City’s Mixed Used Development District and was involved in day-to-day land development and policy decisions for south Charlotte including the Park/Montford, SouthPark and Ballantyne areas. Bridget is a member of the Urban Land Institute Charlotte District Council, Charlotte ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative former chair and current Charlotte Technical Advisory Panel chair and national Urban Development Mixed Use Product Council member.