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What Can Be Learned on the Inter-City Visit to Athens

As you might know, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce organizes a trip every two years to a city similar to Chapel Hill – almost always a college town. The goals of these visits are to learn from the experiences of another community, better understand our community’s assets, and build relationships among participants that help us successfully address our local challenges and opportunities. This year's Inter-City Visit to Athens, Georgia, is coming up in just a few weeks (September 21-23).

This Week in Orange Politics: September 2-7

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Though several of Orange County's public bodies are still in recess this week, the Carrboro Alderfolks, County Commission and Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board will all hold meetings this week. A new cultural arts distriction and an update on the towing ordinance are on the docket in Carrboro, while the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board will dsicuss a contract for re-envisioning the district's professional development and compensation policies. The county commissioners will award arts grants and consider a resolution supporting the community use of school recreation facilties.

Legion Road Project Loses Out on Affordable Housing Tax Credit

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In November 2013, the Chapel Hill Town Council voted 7-1 to sell 8.5 acres of town-owned land on Legion Road to Durham-based affordable housing developer, DHIC, Inc, for $100 (the property was valued at $2 million) for the development of 170 units of affordable housing. One of the steps in that development was the need for DHIC to apply for tax credits from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to assist with funding for the development.

OrangePolitics Survey Results, and the Raffle Winners Are...

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Thanks to the 31 of you who completed our survey. We got quite a bit of helpful feedback. Below is a summary of what you told us.

We used randomresult.com to randomly select our 3 winners from those who completed the survey. The winners are…Mark Marcoplos, Terri Buckner, and Penny Rich. You can collect your prizes at our next OP Happy Hour on October 10 (location to be announced).

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Board of Elections Public Input Meeting for Early Voting

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I attended the last two Orange County Board of Elections public meetings as a resident who cares about easy access to voting for all citizens. Tuesday’s meeting was a complete sham.  While the meeting’s purpose was advertised on the Board’s web site as “[t]o receive public input on the 2014 November One-Stop voting hours and location,” the Board’s actions said otherwise.

Recap of Orange County Board of Elections Meeting

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This morning I attended the Orange County Board of Elections meeting where they determined the early voting plan for the Fall 2014 elections. I have been attending BOE meetings in Orange County for several years, and this was by far the largest turnout (over 50 people by my count) I have ever seen.

Expand Voting Access on Weekends

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Tomorrow the Orange County Board of Elections will adopt a plan for early voting for the fall election. The Board will consider both the locations and hours for early voting. When it comes to locations, the board should keep the same voting locations used during the spring primary to maintain consistency. After considering a number of options, the plan adopted for the primary included five early voting sites, including a location in rural Orange County at Master’s Garden Preschool, and a location adjacent to UNC’s campus at North Carolina Hillel.

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