"It’s less about whether it matches a demographic measure and more about meeting the needs of people who come to the town and say, 'Hey, I want to start a business,' or, 'I have a business that I can't support,'" Mayor Damon Seils said. "And we're providing that support, and it's helping businesses start, grow and thrive."
"In order to have a vibrant downtown, you have to have people here 12 months of the year," Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said. "We love our students, but they’re only here for nine months of the year. It doesn’t provide an economy that can thrive but having workers in the downtown area will make the difference here."
"Of course, the first time, they don't know what to do, they're looking at you for every answer," Joe Fitzgerald, a driver and co-owner at Southern Wake Automotive, said. "And then now, when the car comes in off the racetrack, they know exactly what to do."