Strong & Diverse Economy

Goal: Maintain and grow a strong and diverse economy through a variety of businesses, industries, and employment opportunities to benefit all Durham residents and businesses.
Durham recognizes that a shared, public-private strategic focus can improve coordination and prioritization to build on current successes and grow the economy to benefit all Durham residents and businesses. The City and County have worked together to align goals to create a more transparent and efficient system for the planning and implementation of economic development strategies.
Durham’s economic transformation in the last 20 years has been tremendous and has been celebrated regionally, nationally and internationally. This ongoing revitalization — demonstrated in the reuse of old warehouses and factories into thriving spaces like American Tobacco and Golden Belt, the dynamic and wildly popular Durham Performing Arts Center, the rebirth of Main Street downtown, and corporate investment in Research Triangle Park, and much more — has been due to visionary leadership and thoughtful collaboration.
While this transformation has been astounding, key focus areas for the future are:
  • Business Retention and Recruitment
  • Business-Friendly Environment
  • Infrastructure
  • Talent Development and Recruitment

Visit the Performance Dashboard to see current initiatives and success factors.