An overview of the Duke Energy Economic Development Session schedule is below. The detailed agenda is available through the Economic Development Session Agenda page.  Please pay careful attention to the agenda and the summary below.


Hotel Parking

Valet parking at the Courtyard Marriott is included in the room rate for registered guests.  Public self-parking is also available in the county lot for $1/hour or $8/day. For those using valet parking: Dial 0 for the hotel front desk to request your car. Calling the night before for morning use is strongly recommended, minimum of 30 minutes notice is required at all times.


Tuesday, March 5

  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Information Session and Tour of the Port of Wilmington (Optional)
    • Business casual attire, closed-toed shoes and drivers license required.
    • Advance RSVP through attendance survey required.  
    • Arrive by 1:45 pm to park and check in.  Late arrivals (after ~2:15) cannot be accommodated.
    • Tour will be conducted by bus with limited walking.
  • 5:30 pm: Session Reception (Optional)
    • Business attire.
    • Advance RSVP through attendance survey required.


Wednesday, March 6

  • 7:30 am: Breakfast (optional). Business casual.
    • Advance RSVP through attendance survey required.
  • 8:15 am – 4:00 pm: Session programming at Cape Fear Community College Downtown Campus (walkable from hotel, driving to session is NOT recommended for hotel guests)
  • 7:00 pm: Class dinner at Front Street Brewery (required, walkable from hotel, driving to dinner is NOT recommended for hotel guests). Casual attire.


Thursday, March 7  

On Thursday morning, allow time to

  • Retrieve your car from the valet (parking included in hotel rate is valet only)
  • Drive ~25 minutes to campus
  • Walk ~5 minutes from the overflow parking deck if parking in front of Wagoner Hall is full.
  • 7:30 – 8:15 am: Breakfast at UNC Wilmington (Optional). Business casual.
    • Advance RSVP through attendance survey required.
  • 8:15 – 3:00 pm: Session Programming at UNC Wilmington.
    • Parking pass required.  Be sure to print this parking pass and display it on your dash on Thursday morning.


Notes on Attire

All events for this session are business casual attire, with the exception of the Tuesday optional activity and the Wednesday class dinner. “Business casual” means you don’t need to be in a suit but you should look polished and professional. Class dinners are always casual attire. Closed-toed shoes are required for the Tuesday tour and attire can be casual or business casual.

We work hard to have a comfortable room temperature in all meeting locations, but “comfortable” is different for everyone.  We recommend layers or bringing a light sweater or jacket just in case.



Meals and Snacks

LNC believes in keeping you well-fueled by presenting a variety of options at meals and breaks. Breakfasts are always optional but encouraged. They provide an extra opportunity to engage with your classmates, reflect on session content, and settle in for the day ahead. The Wednesday class dinner is required and counts towards the program attendance requirement.



  • Breakfast 7:30 – 8:15 (optional, arrival time is flexible)
  • Morning break with snacks and beverages
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon break with snack and beverages
  • Class dinner (required part of session programming)


  • Breakfast 7:30 – 8:15 am (optional)
  • Morning break with snacks and beverages
  • Lunch
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