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2023 Critical Issues Series: The Economic Development Forum

Thursday, April 27, 2023 (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM) (EDT)


What: The Economic Development Forum

When: Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Why: What does it mean and what does it take to have a thriving community? This forum will look closely at economic development throughout Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro and unpack what's underway, why it matters, and what we can expect going forward. 

Who: Speakers include Steve Brantley (Orange County Economic Development), Dwight Bassett (Chapel Hill Economic Development), and John Hartman Brown (Carrboro Economic Development.

There will also be project updates from Simon George (UNC Health) on main campus and Eastowne, Jeff Kurtz (Ram Realty Group) on the redevelopment of University Place, Sheryl Waddell (UNC Economic Development and Innovation Hubs) on The Junction, and Danny Hume (Trinsic Residential) on Aura Chapel Hill.

Where: The Lumina Theater


  • 8:00am-8:30am (30 minutes): Registration and Coffee Networking
  • 8:30am-8:40am (10 minutes): Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8:40am-9:40am (60 minutes): Panel Presentations
  • 9:40am-9:55am (15 minutes): Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A 
  • 9:55am-10:00am (5 minutes): Closing remarks and Adjourn

About the Critical Issues Series: The 2023 Critical Issues Series (formerly known as the Policy Series) includes quarterly forums that feature influential guest speakers who address timely topics for Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro related to the economy, economic development, public policy, and elections. The series is coordinated by The Chamber's Government Affairs Committee and presented by Chapel Hill Media Group and ServPro of South Durham and Orange Counties with support from the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), which provides free and confidential business counseling.  

Special thank you to The Lumina Theater for hosting this event and Weaver Street Market for providing delicious coffee. 

Contact: For questions, contact McKenzie Steagall, Programs and Events Manager for The Chamber at (443) 907-5476 (cell) or

The 2023 Critical Issues Series is Presented By:


With Supporting Sponsors:



Free for Chamber members

$20 for non-members

The Lumina Theater
620 Market Street, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Thursday, April 27, 2023 (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM) (EDT)
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