Economic & Workforce Development


We help ensure that Durham has a strong and diverse economy by:
  • 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.

Covid-19 Update: OEWD Office Closing for Person to Person Contact

In response to the Covid-19 emergency, the City of Durham is committed to addressing the best interests of our community during this public health crisis. Therefore, effective immediately and until further notice, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development offices will be closed for person-to-person public contact.  However, as a valued client, we look forward to the opportunity to serve you virtually – by phone, email and other virtual connections.

Please call (919) 560-4965, Mon – Fri, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, to reach an OEWD team member for assistance and additional information.*

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