DESIGN 2020 Special Topic: Economic Development in Chapel Hill

DESIGN 2020 will offer the special topic presentation “Economic Development in Chapel Hill” by Town of Chapel Hill Economic Development Officer Dwight Bassett at noon Wednesday, May 15, in the Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 

Bassett will present information a general view of economic development in Chapel Hill, including facts and information about retail, housing and office markets. He will provide an overview of some of the key projects now under way including Ephesus Church-Fordham, Rosemary Imagined, and Downtown Chapel Hill. Concepts from the Downtown Framework and Action Plan also will be discussed. 

The presentation will be aired live on Chapel Hill Gov TV-18 and via streaming video at

Bassett is the Town of Chapel Hill’s first economic development officer, hired in 2007 to develop a clear economic development strategy. Learn more about Chapel Hill’s economic development strategy at To access economic development studies and data, visit  Office, housing and retail studies were completed to benchmark Chapel Hill for future economic development and to inform the Town Council of information to help in making decisions about our future. 

The Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with interested residents who want to know more about issues, trends and studies that affect the future. These presentations continue with DESIGN 2020, the implementation phase of advancing the comprehensive plan’s goals and objectives. For past topics, see 

For more information about DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, visit

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