Advocacy: The following are the top five policy priorities for the Carrboro Business Alliance. These priorities, known as the Action Agenda, reflect the Carrboro Business Alliance Values and activate the Policy Platform (below). The 2018-2019 policy priorities are:
- No net loss of publicly available parking in downtown Carrboro
- A Carrboro-appropriate public behavior related ordinance
- More business representation on town boards and commissions
- A town “buy local” preference in contracting and purchasing
- No property tax increase
Governance: The Policy & Advocacy Committee develops the government-related priorities for the Carrboro Business Alliance, which were approved by the Leadership Council as part of the 2018-2019 Policy Platform & Action Agenda in April 2018. The Policy & Advocacy Committee is a small group of dedicated business leaders who serve in a volunteer capacity and have an unwavering commitment to advance this agenda and build a stronger, more resilient Carrboro. Committee members are:
- Scott Conary, Open Eye Cafe
- Nathan Millian, Carr Mill Mall
- Rae Mosher, Carrburritos
- Bridget Pemberton-Smith, Art Therapy Institute (formerly Cameron's)
- *Staff support: Katie Loovis, Vice President for External Affairs, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, (919) 696-0781 (mobile)
Values: The following five Values anchor the Policy Platform & Action Agenda. The Carrboro Business Alliance believes:
- A successful economy is essential for a sustainable community.
- Diversity builds a more resilient economy and we oppose discrimination in all forms.
- The progressive reputation of our community is an asset and part of our competitive advantage.
- Carrboro benefits from the success of neighboring towns and the region.
- Cooperation and collaboration between and among business, nonprofit organizations, government, academia, and residents is civics at its best and enhances our overall quality of life.
Platform: There are three pillars to the Policy Platform & Action Agenda:
I. Retain, Recruit, & Grow Employers
- We support policies and projects that create local jobs and contribute to improved quality of life.
- We support policies that increase formation, retention, and relocation of businesses and nonprofit organizations in our community, including creating the commercial space needed to house them.
- We support the development and maintenance of an ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs, startups and existing enterprises in all phases of their business lifecycle.
II. Improve Business Climate and Regulatory Environment
- We advocate for policies that make it easier to build, renovate, and redevelop commercial property.
- We advocate for plentiful, accessible, parking in the downtown.
- We advocate for a fair tax and fee system that does not negatively target nor disadvantage specific sectors or industries.
III. Build and Maintain Infrastructure
- We support accessible, reliable, and affordable utilities including water, energy, high speed internet, and telephone service.
- We advocate for improved multi-modal transit and transportation infrastructure to ease commuting and reduce congestion.
- We support creating and maintaining community amenities that support a quality of life that attracts and retains talent and employers including well-planned parks, sidewalks and greenways.