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Advocacy

OUR PRIORITIES

1. No net loss of publicly available parking in downtown Carrboro.

2. Proactive Covid response and recovery efforts that support local businesses.

3. Comprehensive Plan that values development density and improves necessary infrastructure and the local regulatory environment so that it is easier to start and/or grow an enterprise in Carrboro - and - develop or redevelop the commercial property necessary for that enterprise to thrive.

4. Cooperative business start-up and support services that focus on BIPOC entrepreneur needs.

5. The voice of local business is actively sought and incorporated in policy matters.

our values

The Carrboro Business Alliance believes: 

A successful economy is essential for a sustainable community.

Carrboro benefits from the success of neighboring towns and the region.

Diversity builds a more resilient economy and we oppose discrimination in all forms.

The progressive reputation of our community is an asset and part of our competitive advantage.

Cooperation and collaboration between and among businesses, nonprofit organizations, government, academia, and residents is civics at its best and enhances our overall quality of life.

These values anchor the CBA policy platform and priorities.

Our Platform

I. Retain, Recruit, and Grow Employers

  • We support policies and projects that create local jobs and contribute to improved quality of life.
  • We support policies that increase formation, retention, and relocation of businesses and nonprofit organizations in our community, including creating the commercial space needed to house them.
  • We support the development and maintenance of an ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs, startups, and existing enterprises in all phases of their business lifecycle.
  • We support the active, cooperative recruitment of employers and industries.

II. Improve Business Climate and Regulatory Environment

  • We advocate for policies that make it easier to build, renovate, and redevelop commercial property.
  • We advocate for plentiful, accessible parking in the downtown.
  • We advocate for a fair tax and fee system that does not negatively target nor disadvantage specific sectors or industries.

III. Build and Maintain Infrastructure

  • We support accessible, reliable, and affordable utilities including water, energy, high speed internet, and telephone service.
  • We advocate for improved multi-modal transit and transportation infrastructure, including sufficient parking, to ease commuting and reduce congestion.
  • We support creating and maintaining community amenities that support a quality of life that attracts and retains talent and employers, including well-planned parks, sidewalks and greenways.