Business retention efforts focus on supporting local businesses within Chatham County, in order to maintain existing jobs and help firms grow.

Through our Retention, Expansion and Visitation Program (REV), we conduct annual visits to Chatham businesses. Visits keep the EDC informed of local business trends and help us identify opportunities to provide ongoing support. We assist expanding businesses with everything from securing financing and finding the ideal location, to tackling permitting, navigating local incentives, and tracking market trends.

Since 2008, we’ve worked with more than 50 local companies and helped retain 2,000 jobs. We have assisted with four expansion projects that are expected to create nearly 200 new jobs.

For more information about the EDC’s retention program, please contact Jenifer Everage, our Retention & Expansion Specialist, at 919-545-8380 or