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Public Policy Agenda

Photo credit: Kristen Smith - Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of CommerceThrough its advocacy, the Chamber supports decision making at local, state, and federal levels that protects and strengthens a diverse community with a cluster-based economic development strategy. 


Retain, Recruit, & Grow Employers

  • Support policies and projects to create local jobs, including opportunities for low-and middle-skilled employees

  •  Support policies and projects that develop the local workforce

  •  Increase the relocation of businesses to our community

  •  Increase the formation of entrepreneurial businesses in our community

  •  Position our region as one of the greatest places to grow and start enterprises


Improve Regulatory Environment & Business Climate

  • Support policies and projects that make it easier to build, redevelop, and/or conduct business by streamlining and simplifying ordinances and requirements

  • Expand and broaden approved land uses

  • Improve access to parking for downtown businesses

  • Decrease the property tax burden on Orange County property owners

  • Increase the exportation of Orange County products and services


Build and Maintain Infrastructure

  • Ensure economic development zones have appropriate infrastructure

  • Secure Orange County’s Jordan Lake water allocation to ensure a reliable long-term supply

  • Improve transit and transportation infrastructure to ease commuting and reduce congestion

  • Expand availability of workforce housing


Increase Participation & Influence by and of the Business Community

  • Develop a policy regarding the Chamber’s participation in local elections

  • Increase business community representation on town and county committees