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Monday, April 10, 2017
Chatham Holds Hearings on Megasite Option Agreements Needed for Infrastructure Grants

CHATHAM COUNTY, NC –   The Chatham County Board of Commissioners has scheduled public hearings at the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro on April 17, 2017 at 6 PM on proposed option agreements to purchase the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) and the Moncure megasites. The county would only purchase land under the options when one of the sites is selected by an industry.

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Friday, March 17, 2017
Forum Examines Economic Impact of Place, Parks and Quality of Life

PITTSBORO  – The Town of Pittsboro Parks Department and the Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will host a forum, The Power of Place, Parks and Quality of Life: An Economic Development Perspective, on Tuesday, April 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will take place at the new Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center at 1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro.

Three experts in their respective fields will share their perspectives on how investments in Parks and Recreation and Economic Development go hand in hand. Panelists include: 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Chatham EDC Seeks New Board Members

PITTSBORO  – The Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is accepting applications for its Board of Directors until March 15, 2017. Applicants must be residents of or own a business in Chatham County. If appointed, board members serve a four year term and are eligible for two consecutive terms.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Town of Siler City receives $2 million grant from NC Department of Environmental Quality

Siler City — Town Manager Bryan Thompson announced today that the Town of Siler City has been awarded a $2 million grant from the NC Department of Environmental Quality as a result of the Town’s latest application for CDBG-I funding.

Thompson said the grant award is planned for making improvements to mitigate inflow and infiltration within the Town’s sewer collection system.  It is a 100 percent grant, requiring no local match, and will cover the cost for planning/design and construction.

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Comprehensive Plan Community Input Meetings

Chatham County - Residents have a chance to provide input during the final stages of developing Chatham County’s comprehensive plan. When completed, the plan will help guide development policies and funding decisions over the next 30 years.

The community meetings will take place:

▪ Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Commons area at Chatham Central High School at 14950 N.C. 902, Bear Creek.

▪ Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Holmes meeting room of the Chatham Community Library at 197 N.C. 87 North, Pittsboro.

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Here We Grow: Boosting Siler City’s Job Growth and Economy

On May 5, 2016, Mountaire Farms announced it was expanding to Siler City, bringing jobs and an economic boost to the city.

Landing a commercial partner like Mountaire Farms is just what Siler City needed after experiencing increased unemployment during the Great Recession. The investment will provide a significant path to recovery and future growth – more than 500 jobs are planned for the acquisition and expansion of the former Townsend Processing Plant in Siler City into a modern, state-of-the-art poultry processing plant.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Retail and Service Industry Survey - February 24 deadline

For a second year, the Chatham Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center in Pittsboro, Chatham Chamber of Commerce, Pittsboro Business Association, Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitors Bureau and Siler City Merchants Association  is conducting a survey of the Retail and Servic

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Joint Elected Boards to meet February 9

The community is invited to attend the first Joint Elected Boards meeting of 2017.  The event will take place on Thursday, February 9, at 7 PM at Bestfood Cafeteria at 220 E. 11th Street in Siler City. County Commissioners, Town Mayors and School Board representatives will share project updates and Chatham EDC President Kyle Touchstone will provide an update on economic development activity in Chatham County. Attendees may come for dinner, at their own expense, at 6 PM.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
News & Observer: Moncure Megasite could draw major manufacturer to region

MONCURE - Nearly 15 years ago, a family trust in California purchased 1,100 acres about 25 miles southwest of Raleigh hoping to attract a company that wants to build something big on the edge of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country.

Today, the site has doubled in size to 2,285 acres and is nearly ready to be developed. The property owners and local officials hope the so-called megasite will attract an automotive, aviation or other large manufacturer to give the region, particularly Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, an economic boost.

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Town of Siler City Revolving Loan Fund

Town of Siler City leaders have formed a partnership with the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center to launch a $100,000 small business revolving loan fund. The goal of the partnership is to encourage small business and entrepreneurial growth in the Town of Siler City corporate limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

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