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Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Durham is a world-class city, one that offers its residents, neighbors, and visitors a complete range of opportunities and experiences. The foundation of this effort must be Durham’s economy.
The revitalization of Durham’s urban areas and targeted commercial suburban areas through business recruitment, retention, expansion, and formation as well as the creation of jobs and the development of a skilled workforce, are all key areas that will help accomplish the goal of a strong and diverse economy for the City of Durham.
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) oversees programs and services that help businesses start, grow, stay in, and get recruited to Durham. These services include offering advice to businesses and assisting with financing through our economic development grant and incentive programs. We also administer federal, local, and private grant dollars to help people move forward on a career path, find jobs, and keep them. 
Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department helps ensure that Durham has a strong and diverse economy by helping to revitalize Durham urban neighborhoods and targeted suburban areas; helping to increase Durham’s commercial tax base; and helping to prepare our workforce for the 21st century economy.