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Our Community Impact

Your membership funds The Chamber's community impact work like our Big Bold Ideas initiative, annual State of the Community Report, bimonthly policy forums, and Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro program. We encourage you to get informed, get engaged, and make your voice heard in our community. Take a moment to learn more about these programs listed below and find out how you can support our community impact.

Big Bold Ideas

Big Bold Ideas is a community engagement and goal-setting venture.  We believe our community will collectively select big, bold, meaningful goals designed to make our region a more successful thriving community for all.

Done well, Big Bold Ideas can become a focused strategic action plan for community impact in our region and guide our shared work for the years ahead.

Critical Issues Series

Coordinated by the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee, the series includes quarterly policy forums and features influential guest speaker(s) who address timely topics related to the economy, economic development, public policy, and local elections.

Community Data

Each year the Chamber hosts a comprehensive briefing featuring the latest data on the well-being of Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro across social, economic, and environmental indicators. Using this data as a benchmark, this work allows us to bring together the Chamber, Orange County, The Town of Chapel Hill, and the Town of Hillsborough on the key ways to strengthen our community impact.

Biennial Inter-City Visit

Every other year we convene 75-100 of our local business and community leaders to learn from the experiences of another community and vision for a better tomorrow. Better understanding our own community assets and building relationships among our local leaders is essential in helping us address our local challenges.

Over the last decade, we’ve visited Lawrence (KS), Ann Arbor (MI), Madison (WI), Asheville (NC), Greenville (SC), Athens (GA), and Boulder (CO).

Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Leadership is a cohort-based intensive learning program with ten sessions over five months designed to inform, develop, and engage committed and emerging leaders in Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Participants broaden their understanding of community impact by learning about issues and opportunities facing the region, refining their leadership skills, and deepening their influence through ongoing networking and service opportunities.