Economic & Workforce Development


We help ensure that Durham has a strong and diverse economy by:
  • Assisting cultural development, through planning, partnerships and administration of the Durham public art program and other activities
  • Helping to increase Durham’s commercial tax base
  • Preparing our workforce to meet the demands of current and emerging industries
  • Promoting long-term economic growth through the revitalization of downtown, urban and targeted suburban areas
  • Providing technical and targeted financial assistance for business


The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) innovatively drives economic prosperity in Durham.

  1. New Program Expands Access to Capital for Small Businesses

    Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the Durham Small Business Advisory Committee offers an accelerated program for small business owners seeking financing. This unique program greatly improves the probability of accessing capital. Apply Here...
  2. Durham Local Area and Regional Workforce Development Area Plan Released for 2016-2020