Orange County Economic Development

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UNC Hospitals planning $177M surgical tower on campus

From the Triangle Business Journal – 7/26/16 – Jason deBruyn (Staff Writer) http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2016/07/26/unc-hospitals-planning-177m-surgical-tower-on.html   The campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will get a little more crowded...

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Executive Voice: Mastering the convincing voice of a trade (Leland Little Auctions)

Leland Little now has 22 employees working for him at Leland Little Auctions, a company that started back in 1998. Read more Additional press releases: Leland Little Auctions Phase 3 Building Expansion How Leland Little Auctions grew from leasing a former mill building to $10M in...

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Apartments possible for former Chapel Hill auto dealership

Developers asked the town’s Community Design Commission for guidance last week as they plan a potential apartment project for the Ephesus-Fordham zoning district. Texas-based Leon Capital Group is in the very early stages of a concept plan for the former Crown Honda-Volvo site between Legion...

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Homegrown startup puts state’s small farmers in grocery freezer case

Seal the Seasons CEO and co-founder Patrick Mateer will reap the rewards of hard work this summer when the company starts shipping pounds of North Carolina produce to three national grocery chains.  Read more...

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Downtown Chapel Hill development on Target

While avoiding the name, Carolina Square project official Jeff Furman confirmed Thursday that a metro-style Target will anchor the mixed-use center under construction on West Franklin Street. Read more...

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Chapel Hill’s newest recruit — A 6-story building with music venue

Triangle Business Journal A concept plan to build a six-story, mixed-use building with a music venue and parking deck was met with preliminary approval by Chapel Hill Town Council at its meeting Wednesday night. Last fall, Council issued a request for proposal and ideas for what could be built on a...

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In North Carolina, a Town to Lift a Fork or Turn a Page

On the surface, there’s not much to suggest there would be anything special about the central North Carolina town of Hillsborough, population around 6,000, northwest of the Research Triangle, as the area encompassing Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is called. Its downtown business district, a...

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Chapel Hill to welcome CVS, Waffle House

Triangle Business Journal – March 8, 2013 Amanda Jones HoyleStaff Writer CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill’s eclectic mix of restaurants and retailers along Franklin Street will soon be adding a couple of new neighbors. The CVS Corp. (NYSE: CVS) drug store chain is in negotiations to open a...

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UNC ranked best academic value for 12th time in a row

UNC News Service Dec. 27, 2012 @ 04:26 PM The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks as the No. 1 value in American public higher education because it offers students “stellar academics” at a bargain price, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. For the 12th time in a...

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2012 Top States for Doing Business

For the third consecutive year, Area Development magazine’s editors have conducted a survey of a select group of highly respected location consultants who work with a nationwide client base. We asked the consultants to name their top-5 state choices in 14 site selection categories. To...

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ORANGE COUNTY EMBARKS ON MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT FUNDED BY QUARTER-CENT SALES TAX

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 9, 2012)—The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously voted in favor of awarding the bid and approving a construction contract for the second phase of the Buckhorn-Mebane water and sanitary sewer system.  J.F. Wilkerson Contracting of...

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Frequently asked questions – the voice of small businesses in government

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently prepared a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about small businesses and their contribution to job...

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New hotel, apartments in the works in Chapel Hill

Amanda Jones-Hoyle – Staff Writer- Triangle Business Journal Chapel Hill developer D.R. Bryan is pitching a new plan to build a limited service hotel and a new apartment building within the Southern Village neighborhood on the south side of town. Bryan expects to present a concept plan for...

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Town of Hillsborough holds open houses on land use plan changes

By Erin Wiltgen, News of Orange 9.12.12   Hillsborough residents will have an opportunity to review the town’s future land use plan and discuss changes with staff at two open houses. The drop-in sessions—held Thursday, Sept. 13, and Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Town Barn, 101 E. Orange...

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Chapel Hill Town Council evenly divided on Charterwood, plans do-over

By Tammy Grubb      The News and Observer The Town Council tied Wednesday over whether the Charterwood mixed-use development meets goals outlined in the town’s Comprehensive Plan, delaying further discussion of the project to Sept. 24. The 4-4 decision stopped consideration of a proposed...

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Hillsborough considering updates to Future Land Use Plan, offering open houses

HILLSBOROUGH – The Town of Hillsborough is considering updates to its Future  Land Use Plan and is hosting two open houses in advance of a public  hearing. The proposed updates are a first step toward a variety of  jurisdiction changes with Orange County that were agreed to conceptually in...

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Orange County Small Business Loan Program Provides Funding to Hillsborough Gymnastics Company

After spending much time and effort looking for just the right facility for their growing gymnastics company, Tim and Jessica Baker were thrilled to finally find the perfect location in Hillsborough.  And, just in time to share in the excitement sure to be created by the 2012 London...

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UNC-Chapel Hill Ranks No. 1 Best Value for 11th Year

You can’t beat North Carolina for great education at a great value. For the 11th year running, UNC-Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, was named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine as the number one top value for public universities. The magazine attributes generous...

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Orange County Small Business Loan Program Provides Funding to Hillsborough Microbrewery

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County’s Small Business Loan Program recently provided support to West Hillsborough’s newest business, Mystery Brewing Company, an artisanal brewery focused on creating distinctive beer.  Their approach to their craft is summarized on the Mystery Brewing website...

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