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  • Partnership for a Sustainable Community

  • Now in its fifth year, the Chamber's Partnership for a Sustainable Community continues to strengthen and support the Chamber's economic and community development work. 

    As the Chamber's charitable non-profit partner, the Partnership's mission is to apply business leadership to solve community problems and create opportunities. With strong community and business support the Partnership accomplishes this mission by focusing on the four areas:

    • Convening leaders
    • Educating and informing the community
    • Building organization capacity; and
    • Researching and reporting on important community information.


  •  Donate to the Partnership


  • The Partnership enjoyed great success in 2015 including:

    • Graduating the largest class of Leadership Fellows from the 10-week, Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro program.
    • Researching and delivering the State of the Community Report to its largest audience,
    • Recognizing our uniformed officers and community difference-makers at the annual Salute to Community Heroes, and
    • Serving as the fiscal sponsor of several of our community's nascent non-profits.

    Funded by the Performance Golf Classic, the Community Bocce Derby and a host of community and corporate underwriters, the Partnership is poised for an exceptional 2016 that will feature the bi-annual Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference.



    Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference

    A powerful community convener, the Part­nership brings together 100 diverse com­munity leaders – local business owners and managers, elected officials, University faculty and staff, non-profit executives and volun­teers, municipal and county staff, and media – for the biannual Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference. This year the Inter-City Visit will be to Boulder, Colorado.

    In a letter to Inter-City Visit participants, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said, “These events, through the exchange of ideas and camaraderie, always strengthen our organi­zations and relationships, and as a result, our community as a whole.”

    In Athens, the Partnership helped our community leaders learn from the expe­rience of another progressive university community, better understand our assets, and build relationships that help us address successfully our local challenges and oppor­tunities.


    Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro

    In addition to organizing the community’s Inter-City Visit, the Partnership pro­duces Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro, a ten-week community education program designed to teach emerging leaders about our community and position them to suc­cessfully address community challenges and opportunities.


    Executive Leadership

    Summer 2013, the Partnership expands the Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro program to include Executive Leadership, a two-day conference designed to connect participants to our community's movers and shakers and generate meaningful dialogue among panelists and participants about government, education, community challenges, entrepreneurship and economic development.


    State of the Community Report

    The Partnership also col­laborates with the Chamber to produce the State of the Community Report, data that outlines how Chapel Hill and Carrboro perform as a community and how we stack up in retail spending, adult health and air quality compared the Triangle and state. We compile and present this data annually to track the well-being of Chapel Hill-Carrboro along social, economic and environmental indicators.



    The Hundred Club of Orange County

    The Hundred Club of Orange County is a community supported fund that provides immediate financial support to the families of Orange County first responders killed in the line of duty.

    Non-Profit Roundtable Presented by Executive Service Corp– Monthly

    An opportunity for non-profit Chamber members to connect with each other and hear a presentation on the second Wednesday of every month in the Louise Beck Properties Conference Room at the Chamber office. Times alternate between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m. The roundtable is free for members, and registration is required. Check our online event calendar for the next topic and time.

    Sponsorship and Support

    The Partnership is funded through generous gifts and grants from individual and corporate supporters and through two fundraisers: the Communtiy Bocce Tournament and Performance Golf Classic. 

    The 2016 Community Bocce Tournament will be held Thursday, Jun. 16 at American Legion; and the Performance Golf Classic Monday, Oct. 10 at Chapel Hill Country Club.

    To learn more about supporting the Partnership through sponsorship, contact Chela Tu at ctu@carolinachamber.org or (919) 357-9990.