The conference was all about sharing visions, creative ideas, opportunities and challenges on land development for Western NC. Seminars included topics such as sustainable green communities, market changes and niches, and why the Southern Appalachian region is one of the hottest destinations for retirees. A discussion on consumer preferences in resort communities covered expectations, changing amenities, and trends towards smaller homes. Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy kicked off the conference with a welcome to Asheville, and NC Congressman Heath Schuler was the keynote speaker during lunch talking about the future economics of the Southern Highlands. I especially liked the seminars on Private Mountain Communities by Harry Redfearn, WNC Real Estate Update by Neal Hanks of Bevelry Hanks & Associates, and also enjoyed the presentation by Allen Holcomb of Moss Creek. I am looking forward to attending this conference again next year, because as ALDC’s slogan suggests. “knowledge matters”.