ULI Charlotte: CLT Insights - Corridors of Opportunity


2022-08-31T16:00:00 - 2022-08-31T18:00:00

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    Foundation Supply 1801 N Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28206 United States


    Standard Pricing Until August 24 Members Non-Members
    All Types $30.00 $40.00
    Late Pricing Begins August 25
    All Types $40.00 $55.00

    Our region’s growth is no secret - Charlotte is a hot city with a bright future. As neighborhoods in and around Charlotte continue to change, how do we maintain the character and fabric of our city roots by having beautiful, safe and prosperous communities as places where individuals and families can grow strong and build legacies for the future? 

    Corridors are vital to the health of Charlotte’s communities, serving as links that connect people to the resources and businesses they need to live and thrive. With a $38.5 million investment, the City of Charlotte is renewing its commitment to six key corridors in the Corridors of Opportunities initiative.

    This program will highlight how these corridors offer growth opportunities, resources and partnerships.  Looking at elevating corridors with small-scale developments that connect to our existing residents. Learn more about this program and the commitment of the City to the impactful growth of these corridors.

    Schedule at-a-glance 

    4:00pm – 4:30pm: Networking  
    4:30pm – 5:30pm: Panel Presentations & Discussion  
    5:30pm – 6:00pm: Networking  

    Members & Nonmembers are welcome. 



    Monica Carney Holmes

    Corridors of Opportunity Executive Manager, City of Charlotte

    With a background in urban design and planning, Mrs. Holmes is committed to building a more equitable Charlotte. Currently leading the Design and Preservation Division in the Planning Department and the Corridors of Opportunity Team, she has extensive implementation experience, actively working with stakeholders to reach actionable solutions. While at the City of Charlotte she has focused on building an urban design and placemaking program that builds social capital and transforms the way the city thinks about the built environment leading projects such as Open Streets 704, the Building Community Speaker Series, and the Placemaking Team within Corridors of Opportunity. In 2018 and 2019 Monica was on special assignment, leading the rewrite of a new Transit Oriented Development Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance was unanimously adopted by the Charlotte City Council in April 2019, charting a new path for existing and proposed development along the transit corridors. Prior to joining the city she consulted over 40 communities, both big and small, on planning and urban design issues in the private sector. She is experienced in leading multi-disciplinary teams on complicated projects and is actively building a strong Corridors of Opportunity Team.


    Kathryn Firmin-Sellers

    Chief Impact Officer, United Way of Central Carolinas

    Kathryn joins the United Way team in December 2018 to lead the organization’s community impact strategy, focused on improving economic mobility while also providing basic needs support across our five-county region. A proven strategic leader and community advocate, Kathryn spent the past 11 years with Safe Alliance, which provides a continuum of crisis intervention, advocacy, shelter and counseling services for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Most recently, she served as the agency’s chief operating officer, where she led strategic planning and program evaluation efforts, in addition to leading and managing the organization’s domestic violence shelter. During her time with Safe Alliance, Kathryn led a restructuring of the agency’s programs and services. That included the development of data-driven strategic goals and a process evaluation framework to monitor implementation. She most recently negotiated the funding and strategic partnerships needed to advance key Safe Alliance initiatives, including the expansion of housing options for domestic violence victims and the launch of a family violence prevention and intervention hotline. Prior to her work at Safe Alliance, Kathryn was a senior relationship manager for United Way of Central Carolinas from 2005-2007, leading the relationship between United Way and its community partners and volunteers in the Mooresville/Lake Norman area. Kathryn also previously served in roles with the Lake Norman Community Development Council and the Davidson Partnership for Children and Families after beginning her career as an associate professor at Indiana University. Kathryn currently serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Social Capital and has been engaged with a variety of other nonprofit boards, including the Children’s Alliance and the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College and a Master’s degree and doctorate in political science from Duke University. She is married and has two children.