Chapel Hill "Big Picture" Economic Strategy Community meeting


Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:00am


Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, 104 S. Estes Drive
Having a "big picture" economic development strategy will help the Town and other partners in economic and community development shape policy and prioritize investments in a proactive manner. The strategy will serve as a guide for understanding choices and making decisions.

The Council Committee on Economic Development, which includes Mayor pro tem Jim Ward and Council members Mark Kleinschmidt, Bill Strom and Ed Harrison, has drafted an economic development draft strategy with Town Manager Roger L. Stancil and Dwight Bassett, economic development officer. After community input this March, the draft plan will be reviewed by the Town Council for consideration.

Discussions about developing an economic development strategy for the town tie back to the Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2000. The Council renewed its commitment to developing a strategy when it created the position of economic development officer in June 2006. The position is expected to communicate Town policy and Council expectations to businesses as it assists businesses with understanding processes of Town government.

The draft of Chapel Hill's economic development strategy is available at Its summary statement proposes: " The Town of Chapel Hill will work innovatively and proactively to diversify local economic opportunities by retaining and supporting existing jobs, and attracting new, desirable jobs in locations convenient to transit and housing. Our goal is to build a more sustainable economy for the 21st century by creating a healthy balance among employment, housing and commercial development. In all of our development efforts, the Town of Chapel Hill places importance on the built & natural environment, community character, transit orientation, social equity and quality of life for its citizens."


Meetings that rae only held in the middle of the day are not the optimal way to get broad public input.

• 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin St.

• 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, 104 S. Estes Drive

• 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, Christ United Methodist Church, 800 Market St., Southern Village

Looks like something to fit most schedules and at different locations.

I didn't see that one. Thanks, Fred!
I hope people will attend one of these meetings.   Jim, Bill, Mark, and Ed have put in  long hours and worked hard on this endeavor and many thanks to them.   I am like Ruby in the sense that daytime meetings are tough for me because of my job, so I appreciate them giving up a valuable evening to meet with the public.  

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