Leaders in the city of Greenville met on Thursday. They discussed the city's biggest issues at the Greenville Community Summit, hosted by Inner Banks Media.
Nearly two dozen elected officials, education leaders, and public safety officials discussed topics ranging from crime to traffic congestion.
Henry Hinton served as the summit's moderator.
Hinton said, "The City Council has their meetings, the Commissioners have their meetings, but rarely do you have an opportunity for people to get up and actually communicate about the biggest issues of the day."
Panelists in six, one-hour forums focused on specific community issues. There was also an opportunity for those attending to ask questions and offer ideas.
A key issue was Greenville's traffic problems.
The long-discussed 10th Street Connector Project, which has been set for a February 2015 ground breaking, was applauded as a good solution. Leaders recognize that more still needs to be done.
The controversial four-unrelated rule was also discussed.
City Councilmember Calvin Mercer said the current law allows four, unrelated people to live in the same house in the university area. Mercer said it threatens the stability of the city.
Summit organizers hope the participants will take the new ideas and implement them to better Greenville.