BY BEN RAPPAPORT, News + Record Staff

PITTSBORO — Speakers at Tuesday’s Chamber of Commerce Development Briefing touted recent economic development announcements and growth as evidence Chatham County is headed in the right direction.

The networking event, held at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, drew 250 people and featured five keynote speakers who discussed a range of issues including proposed development plans and the state of economic development in their respective areas.

Karen Howard, chairperson of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, said she was proud of the way Chatham County has grown in the past decade. She said, however, growth has put new issues like broadband access in the spotlight.

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