Chapel Hill Economic Development works to positively influence the economic vitality of our community. Our work varies to support the different needs of our diverse business community in Chapel Hill.

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Our projects support economic growth for local businesses.

We provide program and funding support for start-ups and entrepreneurs, work with community partners to support women and minority owned ventures, and advise our Town Council on initiatives to advance development that aligns with our community values. 

Complete Communities

The Complete Community initiative is a follow-up to the 2021 Housing Report. The Town of Chapel Hill is interested in identifying shared interests around a new approach to housing that clarifies where and how to build to be inclusive, sustainable and an economically competitive community.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Chapel Hill offers resources and facilities that help businesses grow and thrive making it a prime location new and growing businesses.

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Enterprise Zone

An Economic Development zoning initiative supported by Town Council in 2017 to bring new types of business to Chapel Hill.

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Historically Underrealized Businesses

We support women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) owned businesses, which often face significant barriers to growth. We work alongside community leaders and organizations like Empowerment, INC and Chapel Hill Diversity  to support, promote, and connect these business owners and innovators.

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We’re planning of an economic recovery strategy for Chapel Hill, NC. It is lead by a 21 member advisory board in conjunction with EY Consulting as the advisor to the process. The charge to the group and consultant is to create a plan of recovery looking at multiple economic scenarios post pandemic.

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Our network includes a diverse range of local partners.

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

Launch Chapel Hill

Orange County, NC

The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Innovate Carolina

Thinking about opening or relocating a business to Chapel Hill? Let’s connect.

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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