This page is for the 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.

The Advisory Board includes the following:

John Anderson

Wells Fargo

Katie Walker

Fidelity Bank

Emily Ziegler

UNC Health

Donna Bell

Former Town Council

Alex Brandwein

Brandwein’s Bagels

Justin Coleman

First Methodist Church

Anna Richards


Velvet Nelson

Launch Chapel Hill

Aaron Nelson

Chamber of Commerce

Matt Gladdek

Downtown Partnership

Laurie Paolicelli

Visitors Bureau

Maurice Jones

Town of Chapel Hill

Gordon Merklein

UNC – Carolina

Pat Sprigg

Carol Woods

Hymie Mishan

Vista Properties

Kevin ‘Kaze’ Thomas


Joe Dye

Grubb Properties

Doug Rothwell

Retired Economic Development Professional

Interested in learning more about this work?

Meeting Archive

Below you’ll find summaries of recent meetings and related resource links. Please contact us with questions or comments.

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