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Learn It Up! Hillsborough Street is an education series presented by the board of Live It Up! Hillsborough Street. Each event highlights a different business theme relating to the growth and development of the district and features guest speakers who are experts on the subject. The series is free and open to the public.



Tuesday, June 30, 2019


Street Parking: What's Changing and What Will Remain the Same


This is an online event. 


2:30pm - 3:30pm:

Merchant Design Award - Jeff Murison, President & CEO

Presentation and Q&A


  • Matthew Currier, City of Raleigh Parking Manager
  • Paul Kallam, City of Raleigh Assitant Manager - Dept. of Transportation
  • Than Austin, NC State University Director of Parking & Transportation
  • Wyatt Schuler, Secure Parking USA Director of Sales & Marketing
  • Ryan Hawkins, Secure Parking US CEO


Registration is free, but please REGISTER HERE to reserve your seat. 

This is an online event.

The event is being presented by Live It Up! Hillsborough Street and the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance.


Housing Affordability: Strategies & Recommendations for West Raleigh. As with most fast-growing cities, Raleigh is facing questions around housing affordability. The panel discussed several strategies for providing affordable housing and  the findings of a recent UNC-CH Dept. of Regional and City Planning study, completed for the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance, which identified three best-practice strategies for incorporating affordable housing into the Corridor, with several specific recommendations for each strategy. Panelists included: Alex Halloway - UNC Dept. of City and Regional Planning Student, Anna Patterson - UNC Dept. of City and Regional Planning Student, Amelie Bailey - UNC Dept. of City and Regional Planning Student, Thomas Barrie - AIA - Professor of Architecture NCSU School of Design, Ralph Recchie. -Real Estate Manager - CIty of Raleigh. This event took place on November 13, 2019.

Today's Student Housing: Not Your Parent's Dormitory! Student housing is evolving on Hillsborough Street. The panel discussed and answered questions about the changing market for privately owned housing offering an array of high value amenities for today's generation. Panelists included Jay Renkens - Principal and Director, Denver Area Operations MIG, Dr. Barry Olson - Associate Vice Chancellor NCSU, John Preiss - Chief Investment Officer, The Preiss Company and Jeff Murison - Executive Director, HSCSC. This event took place on November 15, 2018.

Hillsborough Street Parking Study: Supply, Demand and Solutions. Parking is a hot topic on Hillsborough Street. The panel unveiled the Hillsborough Street Parking Study that quantifies the existing parking demand & supply and offers recommendations to guide future parking policy for the area. Panelists included Brett Wood, Kimley-Horn and Ken Bowers, City of Raleigh. This event took place on May 23, 2018.

N.C. State University's Campus Capacity and Assessment Study and the District's First Annual Retail Report. The panel discussed and answered questions about N.C. State's guide for campus development, land use, transit, gateways and campus edges then presented the Annual Retail Report. Panelists included Doug Morton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities, NC State, Dan Douglas, Director of Urban Design, Benchmark Planning, and Will Gaskins, Director of Economic Development, Live It Up! Hillsborough Street.  This event took place January 30, 2018.

Bringing Innovation to West Raleigh. Office and commercial space is at a premium on Hillsborough Street and in greater West Raleigh. The panel discussed and solicited feedback on innovative options to grow the area's inventory. The event was held May 24, 2018 and moderated by Rodney Swink, FASLA, PLA. The event also marked the first time Live It Up! Hillsborough Street and the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance partnered to bring the community such a program. Panelists included Jeff Bandini (NC State), Christopher Gergen (HQ Raleigh), and Thomas "Skip" Hill (Highwoods Properties).

The State of Commercial Lending was a panel discussion on September 8, 2015 with Michael Moore, Capital Bank's Treasurer and the Consumer Bank CFO, and Mark J. Redmond, Executive Vice President and Commercial Credit Executive for Capital Bank. The panel was moderated by Jeff Murison, Executive Director for Live It Up! Hillsborough Street.

The State of NC State included an Opening Reception at 1887 Bistro, a guided tour of Talley Student Union, and a presentation by Dr. Michael Mullen, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. The event took place February 16, 2016.

ULI Round Table: Wild, Wild West Raleigh Part II was held October 6, 2016 at Raleigh Little Theatre and was hosted in partnership with the Urban Land Institute, Triangle Chapter. Panelists included: Ken Bowers (City of Raleigh), Jeff Bandini (NC State), Teresa Gresham (Kimley-Horn), John LaPenta (NC Dept. of Administration).