Economy & Downtown

Chapel Hill's downtown has long benefited from its proximity to a captive audience of University students without cars. While downtowns around the country have been failing, ours has survived fairly well. However, we have seen an increase in the number of chain stores locating downtown, and instability in the Downtown Economic Development Corporation. In the near future, we will see new Town-directed development on two major parking lots have a big impact.
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Carrboro's downtown has also done better than many towns of comparable size, thanks largely to the presence of Weaver Street Market and progressive shoppers from the rest of the county. The Board of Aldermen has been addressing the evolution of the downtown, and have established a number of community resources in the downtown area including free wireless Internet access, and a low-power radio station.

Community Town Hall Meeting with Greenpeace Energy Expert Mike Johnson

What:  Community Town Hall Meeting with Greenpeace Energy Expert Mike Johnson
Where: Eno River Unitarian Church, 4907 Garrett Road  Durham, NC 27707
When:  Monday, November 12th, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/173436066130761/Mike Johnson is on a state wide tour, talking about the possibilities for a cheaper, cleaner, renewable energy future for North Carolina. Mike brings 10 years of experience including stints at the Illinois Solar Energy Association and City of Chicago’s Department of Environment.


Mike will discuss the recent Greenpeace report, Charting the Correction Course, produced in association with leading energy software company Ventyx. The report details how North Carolinians could save more than $108 billion dollars over the next twenty years if Duke Energy switched to cleaner, cheaper renewable energy.

Date: 

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Eno River Unitarian Church, 4907 Garrett Road Durham, NC 27707

Cleaner energy solutions to combat Duke Energy’s rate hikes for more dirty energy.

The Transit Referendum: Support and Opposition

For better or for worse, our local media works hard to give equal air time to both sides of the story. Some may fault them as giving too much voice to an opinion which represents a small minority of residents, others may thank them for giving life to a discussion. Regardless of what you think, it's sometimes difficult to cut through the noise. So where does the community stand on the whole?

Welcome back, Dwight!

I have no idea what the story is behind this, but I bet it's interesting. Seven months after resigning as the head of Economic Development for the Town of Chapel Hill and taking effectively the same position for the City of Raleigh, Dwight Basset has come back to his old job. I wonder how all those people who blamed his departure on Chapel Hill's supposed E.D. failings will interpret this? 

Personally I hope Bassett returns with some fresh ideas about local economies and especially about citizen particpation, which is one area where Chapel Hill has a lot to learn from Raleigh. 

Some highlights from the Town's announcement:

Dwight Bassett will return to the Town of Chapel Hill as Economic Development Officer (EDO) and part of the Town team devoted to policy and strategic initiatives supporting the goals of Chapel Hill 2020, Town Manager Roger Stancil announced today (Monday, Oct. 15).

Dream Up Downtown: Inspiring Innovative Spaces moving conversation

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