In 2007, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners contracted with the University of North Carolina’s Center for Competitive Economies (C3E) to create the first economic development strategic plan for Chatham County. Our organization was charged with facilitating strategic plan development.
The Strategic Plan represented an analytical and objective analysis of Chatham County’s economy and economic development options and utilizes the preferences of the community in making recommendations that offer the best economic development outcomes. The final version of the Strategic Economic Development Plan, representing an analytic and objective analysis of Chatham County's economiy and economic development oprtions, was delivered to the Chatham County Commissioners and the EDC in June 2008. The plan was adopted by the county, the towns of Goldston, Pittsboro, and Siler City, and the Chatham County School Board at a historic joint meeting in November 2008.
In 2014, Chatham Economic Development Corporation contracted with Economic Leadership, LLC to update the strategic plan. The economy - both locally and nationwide - had changed significantly during the economic recession that began during the first Strategic Plan's development.
With a similar approach of targeted outreach and focus groups with businesses and elected officials, data-driven measurements and objective analysis, the 2020 Strategic Action Agenda was created.