About Us

The Town of Chapel Hill’s Economic Development Department works to positively influence the economic vitality of our community. Our work ranges from supporting our existing business ecosystem, expanding our business community, and improving the Downtown experience and livability. We are committed to making Chapel Hill a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable place to work, live, play, and shop.

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Meet Our Team

We would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about joining our business community, discuss our economic development initiatives, or share resources and information about local programs!

Katie Bowden

Economic Development Manager

Sarah Potter

Economic Development Specialist

Economic Development Achievements

2008
2009

Small Art Business Loan Program leads to creation of Frank Art Collective

2012

Redevelopment of Coal Ash Site. (2022)

2013

Founding of Launch accelerator

2014

Adoption of Form Based Code for Blue Hill

2014

Adoption of Development Agreement for Glen Lennox

2016

Wegmans Incentive – jobs, tax base and redevelopment

2016

Carraway Village Incentive – Road improvements

2019

Glen Lennox Incentive – Office Building

2020

Well Dot Inc. – Incentive for Employees and location

2020
2021

MOU for Police Station property (828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) redevelopment

By working alongside several non-profit and government organizations we are able to amplify our impact and better serve our community.

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Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

The Partnership maintains, enhances, and promotes Downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. They serve as advocates to advance our Downtown business community.

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Launch Chapel Hill

A startup accelerator, co-working space, and community of innovators where all people are supported to encourage innovative thinking, individual empowerment, community outreach, economic development, and impactful change that lifts everyone.

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Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro

The Chamber helps local business owners to grow their social networks, build meaningful new relationships, access information and resources to lead, and maximize opportunities that create a lasting impact on the community. 

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Orange County Economic Development

The Orange County Economic Development team offers business expansion, retention, and relocation assistance. Provides information on commercial and industrial space availability. 

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Contact Us

Thinking about opening or relocating a business to Chapel Hill? We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you, talk to you or share information critical to your decision making process. Contact us and let us show you how we are Open2 you!

Contact Us

Thinking about opening or relocating a business to Chapel Hill?

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you, talk to you or share information critical to your decision making process.

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