As the stress of finals week concludes and UNC students leave town, Chapel Hill businesses will look to permanent residents to fill their shops and restaurants. Katie Loovis, vice president for external affairs at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, said the total economic impact of winter break is felt most strongly by restaurants and retail but is less extreme than one may think. Although roughly 30,000 students leave for the break, Loovis said many University faculty, hospital staff and international students stay in town, meaning Chapel Hill shops continue to serve a large customer base.
Orange County has around 37,000 acres of land that cannot allow urban development due to a joint planning agreement between Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County.
Sweet treats and new boutiques are hitting Chapel Hill and Durham this holiday season.
Several businesses in downtown Carrboro were evacuated Thursday as police investigated a suspicious vehicle parked on West Weaver Street in connection with the explosion on UNC's campus.
With about 216 sunny days per year, Chapel Hill is a prime location for the popularity of solar energy to take off. Local policies have sought to encourage the installation of solar panels and charging stations for electric vehicles to plan for a future more dependent on renewable energy.
Total property tax rates in Chapel Hill and Carrboro were both in the top three among North Carolina communities in 2016.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro have exceptionally high population density rates in Orange County, and the two towns are still growing.
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Plans to bring a southern branch of the Orange County Library are complicating parking in Carrboro.
Dozens of employers filled the halls inside University Place with stands Wednesday, offering hiring information to potential employees as part of the Orange County Fall Job Fair.