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The Town of Chapel Hill is Open To and For Business

We are Open2You being a part of our business community and desire to help facilitate your interest. We have seen an over 500% growth in commercial building permits from 2011 and projecting onto next year.  This means there will be future room for your business and your businesses growth!  Join Us!

Economic Development

VISION: Taking our place on the map as a world class center for research and development. 


MISSION: Support opportunities to put Chapel Hill’s people to work, and create economic prosperity for all, now and in the future.

 DRAFT WORK PLAN (Click on image to load.)

Draft Work Plan


Council Goals

Expand incubator and co-working spaces in downtown or in development corridors

Continue performance based business recruitment strategies

Adopt strategies for adding office and retail tax base (2016 Goal)

Evaluate optimal ratio for office, retail and residential uses to meet Chapel Hill 2020 plan goals (2016 Goal)

Expand small business loan program (2016 Goal) 

 Other Economic Development information:

   Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

  Orange County Economic Development

  Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce 

 Town of Chapel Hill

Future & Approved Developments


Ephesus-Fordham Renewal area was rezoned by Town Council to form-based code to help stimulate development in one of our oldest and largest commercial areas around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, the northern gateway to Chapel Hill.

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Glen Lennox

Glen Lennox is a 77 acre redevelopment site on the corner of Highways 15-501 and 54 east.

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Carraway Village

A great new mixed-use development on the northern edge of Chapel Hill.

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Obey Creek

An approved development that can create real live, work and play opportunities for south Chapel Hill.

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