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Economic Development and the Arts

Join us for the 2024 Joint Annual Meeting between the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation and the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance on Wednesday, April 24!

The event will be held at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. Doors will open for networking and light hors d'oeurves/refreshments at 5:30pm with programming to begin at 6pm.

Free and open to the public, registration is requested! Please click the link here.

While attendance is free, we would like to encourage you to bring goods to donate to the NC State Feed the Pack Pantry! If you'd prefer, we'll be taking Hillsborough Street Dollars purchases at the door.

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Keynote Speaker

Charles Phaneuf - Vice President of Strategy, South Arts

Charles Phaneuf is an arts leader who has helped grow a variety of organizations, small and large, with a particular emphasis on community engagement, inclusion, and financial sustainability. He is currently VP of Strategy at South Arts, a collaborative fund and regional arts organization serving nine states with the mission of advancing Southern vitality through the arts.

His career started at UNC-Chapel Hill where he was president of the student union and activities board. While living in Washington, DC, he served as Associate Managing Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company during its expansion into the Harman Center for the Arts, and helped found the Capital Fringe Festival and the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. Charles returned to Raleigh, NC to become Executive Director of Raleigh Little Theatre, where he led a revitalization of the organization culminating in a successful capital campaign. Under his leadership as President, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County launched the first-ever Triangle-wide fundraiser for the arts (Big Night In for the Arts) with WRAL/, and partnered with Wake County on the $1 million Wake County Nonprofit Arts Relief Fund.

Charles has been named Tar Heel of the Week by the News and Observer (2018) and 40 Under 40 by the Triangle Business Journal (2014). He was selected as one of 19 People for 2019 by the Independent Weekly. He currently serves on the board of directors of Arts North Carolina and is a past chair of the Friends of the Gregg Museum at NC State, and a past board member for the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation. He enjoys biking, golf and playing music, often with his wife Emily, who is also a musician.


5:30pm | Doors Open 

6:00pm | Programming Begins (in no particular order)

  • Keynote Speaker - Charles Phaneuf
  • Awards Presentations
  • Hillsborough Street Updates
  • Blue Ridge Corridor Updates
  • Partner Spotlights

Donation Drive

Feed the Pack Food Pantry at NC State is the university's on-campus food pantry, dedicated to meeting the food needs of its students, staff and faculty. Located on the first floor of North Hall at 2200 Hillsborough Street, the pantry had more than 10,000 visits and more than 155,000 pounds distributed from May 2022 through April 2023.

HSCSC is partnering with the pantry to hold a Food Drive through our Annual Meeting. Attendees (and non-attendees) can participate in three different ways:

  1. Bring non-perishable items to the Annual Meeting for donation - a list of requested items can be found here.
  2. Plan to purchase a Hillsborough Street Dollars gift card onsite - we'll have a computer ready for you to do so.
  3. Go ahead and purchase a Hillsborough Street Dollars gift card - you can send it to for collection.
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The Gregg Museum of Art & Design

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State University sparks creativity and encourages exploration through engaging exhibitions, relevant programming, and thought-provoking educational experiences. Focusing on outstanding examples of art, craft, and design, the museum utilizes cross disciplinary collaborations and its extensive collections to foster critical thinking and expand worldviews. The Gregg serves its diverse campus community and the greater Triangle region in a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environment.

The Historic Chancellor’s Residence is one of NC State University's most historic buildings.