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Growth: An Issue Critical for the Future of North Carolina

  • Meredith College - Ledford Hall - Room 101 Raleigh, NC 27607 (map)
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  • When:

    • February 12th

    • March 19th

    • April 9th

  • Location: Meredith College

  • Who: LWV-Wake Members only

  • Cost: Free + cost of reading packet

  • RSVP: To sign up for this seminar series, please contact Lindsey Rojas at

We are thrilled to offer our seminar series "Issues Critical for the Future of North Carolina", a collaboration between the League of Women Voters of Wake County and David McLennan, Professor of Political Science at Meredith College. The purpose of the course is to examine the benefits and challenges of development and population growth in North Carolina, to develop concrete action plans, and to establish a set of talking points that can guide League members when they interact with fellow citizens and elected officials. We also hope to build community within the League and to help members become more involved in their communities.

Michael Cline, State Demographer for the NC Office of State Budget & Management, Demographic and Economic Analysis

Michael Cline, State Demographer for the NC Office of State Budget & Management, Demographic and Economic Analysis

Course Structure

  1. In the first class session Professor McLennan will provide an overview of the topic. This first session will feature guest speaker Dr. Michael Cline of the NC Office of State Budget & Management, Demograpic and Economic Analysis discussing trends that we might expect in North Carolina in the next few years. (See Dr. Cline’s bio below.)

  2. The second class will be organized like a seminar, facilitated by Dr. McLennan. Course participants, working in small groups, will draw on what they learned from the first class and from assigned readings to discuss an important issue or case study.

  3. The third class will begin with a panel discussion in which guest speakers address the questions and concerns raised during the second class, and will conclude with a general discussion. The names of the panelists will be announced later in the winter.


A reader will be compiled and will be available for purchase at least one week before the start of the session. Details about cost and pick-up locations will be emailed to course participants.

Registration and Attendance

This course is open only to members of the League of Women Voters of Wake County.  Those who attended the seminar series in 2017-2018 are welcome to register for the new series. The course is free, but those who wish to participate have to register in advance.   Attending all classes is not required, but participants should bear in mind that they will get a great deal more out of the session if they attend all three classes.


To sign up for this course, please contact Lindsey Rojas at

For information about the course, please contact: Naomi Lambert at or Jackie Giordano at

Guest Speaker Bio

Dr. Michael (Mike) Cline is the State Demographer of North Carolina and annually produces the official population estimates for the state, counties and municipalities. In addition, he prepares twenty-year population projections for counties and the state; advises state agencies and the Governor’s office regarding the implications of demographic change; and supports census related activities. Mike moved to North Carolina in April 2017 after a long career in Texas – including a stint working within the Office of the State Demographer of Texas and, most recently, as the Associated Director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University. A native of the small west Texas town of Snyder, his professional work in demography began soon after the 1990 Census when he helped three rural counties redraw county commissioner court boundaries. Since then, he has provided demographic research to support business planning, non-profit and government decision making, and academic research. Dr. Cline has authored or co-authored several books, book chapters and articles, including: Population Change in the United States: Socioeconomic Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty-First Century and Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge. Dr. Cline earned his Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Texas at San Antonio, his M.A. in Geography from Kansas State University and his B.A. in Geography from Texas Tech University.

Earlier Event: February 6
Tour the NC Legislature