On Wednesday, November 2, former Maryland Governor and current President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute, Parris Glendening, will visit Durham. Governor Glendening will discuss smart growth and global competitiveness; emphasizing the role transit plays and how it can work to support increasing needs within communities of scale.

Governor Glendening will also take part in a panel discussion with Michael Goodmon (Vice President, Real Estate, Capitol Broadcasting Company),  Liz Rooks, (Interim President, Research Triangle Park Foundation), Robb Teer (President, Teer Associates) and Michal Schoenfeld (Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Duke University).

Chamber members are invited and encouraged to attend. The event will be held at the Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens (420 Anderson St.) at 9:30 a.m. RSVP is required. If you would like to attend, please confirm your attendance by clicking here.


About Governor Glendening:

Parris N. Glendening is President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute. In this role, he travels across the country and around the world advising state and local governments on smart growth, transit, and sustainability policies and practices. In recent months, he has been a keynote speaker at international conferences in Turkey, China, and Australia. He also serves as President of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative, administered in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Smart Growth America.

Parris Glendening served as Governor of the State of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. While in office, he created the nation’s first state-level smart growth policy package. Prior to being elected Governor, he served three terms as elected county executive of Prince George’s County, Maryland; a county of 850,000 residents adjacent to Washington D.C. He was elected by his peers to serve as the President of the Maryland Association of Counties (twice), the Chair of the National Association of County Executives (twice), the President of the Council of State Governments, and the Chairman of the National Governors’ Association.

Governor Glendening taught political science at the University of Maryland, College Park for 27 years. He is the author of two books, Controversies of State and Local Political Systems and Pragmatic Federalism. The latter was used in more than 400 universities. He has also authored over 100 articles and conference papers.

Among many awards and recognitions, Governor Glendening most recently was named as an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. He has received both the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Olmsted Award and Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award. He was twice named “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine, the first time as County Executive and the second as Governor, recognizing his nationally acclaimed Smart Growth program. He is the only person to be recognized by Governing Magazine for leadership at both levels.

Governor Glendening serves on a number of non-profit boards and acts as Senior Advisor for Energy and the Environment for National Strategies, Inc.

Born in New York and raised in Florida, Governor Glendening holds a doctorate degree in Government and Politics from Florida State University as well as eight honorary degrees.

Parris Glendening lives in Annapolis with his wife Jennifer and their eight-year-old daughter Bri. His son Raymond, a graduate of West Virginia University, previously was the Political Director of the Democratic Governors Association and is now the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Ruckus, a communications company.