As some of you may know I serve on the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council. We’re about fostering constructive, civil conversations about issues facing the community. As you also may know, we’ve sponsored some forums over the years on such issues as the Penny Tax and strong mayor referenda, as well as candidate forums.
Lately, we’ve started a monthly series of informal discussions on “Hot Topics” that are current in the community.
This month, after reading Jeff Wilkinson’s recent story on how the Bull Street development was coming, we decided to sponsor a session on that, and it will be at noon tomorrow (Friday) at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce offices.
I’ll moderate the discussion. Panelists include:
- Howard Duvall – The city councilman who ran as a Bull Street skeptic, who is now invested in its success as chair of the Bull Street Commission.
- Jim Reid – I don’t have info on Jim, but am told he’s an active Columbia resident who has been interested in the project.
- Bill Leidinger- a former city councilman and city manager of Richmond, VA. Retired to Columbia. Helped build semipro stadium in Richmond with no tax dollars.
- Elizabeth Marks – VP of Columbia coalition of downtown neighborhoods.
- Rusty DePass – Everybody knows Rusty. Bull Street skeptic who, from what I hear, hasn’t converted — but I’ll find out tomorrow.
- Robert Hughes – President of Hughes Development of Greenville, master developer of the project.
- Chandler Thompson, also from Hughes Development.
I have no idea who, if anyone, will come out to hear the discussion or ask questions of the panel, but if you’re interested, come on out.
I’d tell you more, but I haven’t been the organizer — I’m just moderating. So this is all I know. I’ll show up and see how it goes.
Just be civil, just like on the blog…