About Piedmont Together

The Structure


The Executive Board of Piedmont Together was elected in April, 2015 and will serve until a full Board is elected in November, 2015.

The Executive Board of Piedmont Together is:

Rob Bencini (Co-Chair), Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Economic Futurist and Consultant

Joycelyn Johnson (Co-Chair), Eastern Winston-Salem Restoration Association

Allison Bramwell, Assistant Professor, Dept. Of Political Science, UNCG

Matthew Johnson, Caterpillar, Inc.

Kathy Hinshaw,  Center for New Carolinians

Britney Lowery, Founder of Triad Intrapreneur

Kent Robinson, US Green Building Council – North Carolina 


Piedmont Together is made up of a diverse team of community stakeholders working to find solutions to challenges that the Piedmont Triad region currently faces. Looking through 2040, Piedmont Together's regional plan ensures a brighter future for all those calling the Piedmont home.
Piedmont Together's plan focuses on housing, transportation, jobs, places and spaces, and health. While the plan is a regional development plan, Piedmont Together believes in hearing the concerns, wants, and needs of the Piedmont Triad at the community level. The proposed regional solutions are based on the voices of community members heard through more than 20 civic forums, surveys, and an annual regional summit.  The Piedmont Together project team has also completed 16 reports and studies. Through our research we have learned key facts about the potential of our region's future, including:

  • Nearly 350,000 new economy jobs requiring higher education will be added to the region by 2040.
  • $2.1 billion could be pumped back into the local economy with a 5% reduction in transportation cost for residents.
  • Our region's population is set to grow to 2 million people by 2040.

For nearly three years, the Piedmont Together team worked with such data to develop a comprehensive plan that will better the future for all residents of the Piedmont Triad region. Our project began in October 2010 when the US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the Piedmont Triad a $1.6 million grant to aid in the development of a Regional Sustainable Communities Plan. The plan was released on March 27, 2014.

Look at what they are saying


Kathy Watts with Forsyth Futures

Each time I look at the plan and what has been accomplished in creating it, I'm overwhelmed--and impressed. The information is presented in a clear, understandable way, and I think that's going to be a huge benefit. It does not rely on jargon, so more people will be able to relate to it.

Lonnie Baxley – citizen and community advocate

There has been excellent participation in Piedmont Together during the time I have been involved over the past years.  I would hope people will take the time to seriously study the work that has been developed to support the Piedmont Triad as a regional flagship of how we all can work together. Mark and his team have given excellent leadership into how the Triad can work together.  I am a fan of the team that has invested time to have develop the work that can be a basis for making the Triad a healthy Paradigm.

The importance of the project to the Piedmont Triad

Our region is undergoing great change and growth. Without a collaborative planning effort, the Piedmont Triad Region will not meet the future housing, transportation, or job needs of our communities. Because the project is inclusive of both rural and urban counties, the plan works to address changes across both types of communities. For example, our plan recognizes that low employment opportunity causes the tax burden to shift to property owners, particularly in rural communities. This is why our focus areas are carefully chosen to address issues applicable to all communities in our region and that touch all key factors of development. But we can’t accomplish our goals alone.

​The Piedmont Together project joins hundreds of residents and consortium members throughout the region that are working together to develop solutions and create a stronger local economy. The project works to serve the best interests of all 12 counties in the Piedmont Triad region.

The Principles

  • To create a better quality of life for the Piedmont’s residents
  • To build a resilient economy
  • To promote equity
  • To preserve and better the environment
  • To engage community voices in regional decision-making


The History