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Community Call for Action: Help Sort and Select the Big Bold Ideas

Community Call for Action: Help Sort and Select the Big Bold Ideas

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More than 450 Big Bold Ideas Submitted

Chapel Hill, NC: The Big Bold Ideas Steering Committee is pleased to announce that more than 450 big ideas for a better community were submitted and now it is time for the community to: 1) crowd-sort the ideas and 2) register as a Community Convention Delegate to help select the three Big Bold Ideas.

“We are impressed with the quantity and quality of big ideas that have been submitted and call on the entire community to help us select the best ideas for our future,” said Creighton Blackwell,  Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Coastal Credit Union, and Chair, Big Bold Ideas Steering Committee. 

Sort the Ideas

From now through Thursday, October 31, 2019, the community is invited to help prioritize the 450+ ideas through a simple crowd-sorting platform called This “wiki survey” platform uses a democratic, open, and efficient process to allow the most popular ideas to bubble towards the top. Community members may vote as often as they would like, stop at any point, and view real-time results. The final crowd-sorted list of prioritized ideas will not determine our community’s three Big Bold Ideas, but rather be one of many inputs to inform the in-person discussion at the Community Convention on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Crowd-sort the ideas now

Select the Ideas

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, hundreds of delegates will participate in the Community Convention to discuss and select three Big Bold Ideas. The conference, hosted by the Steering Committee, will be held in the Friends and Family Hall at St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill from 1-5pm with expert facilitation from Zemo Trevathan of The Aligned Team. Invited delegates include all Steering Committee members plus five nominees each, all elected officials in Orange County, and as many self-nominated community members as possible given room capacity. Register to be a delegate and help select the three Big Bold Ideas now.
“Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro has realized some remarkable improvements in community well-being over the last decade. Now it’s time for some big ideas and bold action so everyone in our community can thrive in the future,” said Blackwell.

About Big Bold Ideas: Big Bold Ideas is a collective goal-setting venture designed to convene our community around three big ideas. Done well, Big Bold Ideas will become a become a focused strategic action plan that guides our shared work for the years ahead and will make a substantial and positive impact on our community.  Forty community leaders from diverse backgrounds and all sectors are working together to shape and guide this powerful new community improvement initiative. The Big Bold Ideas Steering Committee members include Mayors and business owners, community activists and artists, and civic and social leaders. 
About The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro:
The Chamber is a membership organization that serves and advances the business interests of Greater Chapel Hill, including the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well as southern Orange, northern Chatham, and southwest Durham counties. The Chamber's network is growing with nearly 1,000-member enterprises that employ more than 95,000 workers throughout the region. Together with its network, The Chamber is committed to building a sustainable community where business thrives. Members count on The Chamber to connect them with key people, information, and resources; advocate for local business interests; promote their business, our community, and our overall quality of life; and help them save money. 

Contact: Katie Loovis, Vice President for External Affairs, The Chamber, 919-696-0781 (m),



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