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Carrboro reviews candidates for economic development director

The job aims to stimulate local businesses and has been vacant since former director James Harris retired Feb. 1.

“We are looking for someone who understands our local living economy, and someone who understands the position needs to be tied into the community,” said Carrboro Board of Alderman member Joal Hall Broun.

Town Manager Steve Stewart has reviewed the applications and is currently interviewing candidates, but there is no date set to announce the new director.

Mayor Mark Chilton said the priority for the new director will be keeping as much economic activity as local as possible while maintaining the Carrboro way.

“The town of Carrboro is taking a nontraditional approach to economic development — more of a hometown innovation approach,” Chilton said.

“Someone who has experience in the field of grassroots economic development will be ideal for the job.”

Alderman Sammy Slade said he thinks the ideal candidate would be someone interested in supporting the arts. He also said he hoped the new director would promote green infrastructure.

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