City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 17 - May 5, 2017
Andre Pettigrew
Andre Pettigrew

Durham Economic & Workforce Development Director Announced

Andre N. Pettigrew has been named director of the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development by City Manager Thomas J. Bonfield. Pettigrew has over 20 years of senior leadership experience in economic development within the public and private sectors. He has successfully developed and implemented economic development strategies that have facilitated economic growth by attracting new investment, business opportunities, and jobs. Prior to joining the City, Pettigrew was as an independent consultant working with organizations interested in business and investment opportunities within the emerging clean energy and sustainability sectors. His clients included the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  More 

Crane rising above One City Center
Reaching For The Sky
With the One City Center tower reaching higher almost every week, contractors raised the building crane even higher this week to allow for construction to continue upward. The 27-story building will feature condos, apartments, office and retail. It is scheduled to open mid-2018.

Durham Awards Neighborhood Matching Grants

Eight Durham neighborhood groups will soon embark on improvement projects thanks to funds received through a City of Durham matching grant program. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department has awarded eight grants through its Neighborhood Matching Grants Program, which provides grants up to $2,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit a neighborhood’s quality of life. Neighborhoods match City funds through volunteer labor, professional services, material donations, and/or cash.  More 

Durham Hosts 2nd Annual Tire Recycling Drive Tomorrow

If you have old or unused tires around your home, tomorrow is the time to get rid of them at no cost. Durham residents are encouraged to dispose of old tires at the City's Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, 2115 E. Club Boulevard, tomorrow from 8 a.m. until noon. Tire disposal is free and open to the public. The Durham Tire Recycling Drive is a City-County collaborative effort to encourage environmentally responsible tire disposal and to prevent mosquito breeding and the potential diseases they can carry. More

Durham Celebrates Drinking Water Week May 7-13

The City of Durham is asking residents to take a moment beginning later this week to recognize the City employees who work each and every day to provide a steady supply of clean and safe drinking water to all who live, work, and play in Durham. In honor of 2017 National Drinking Water Week, Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell issued a proclamation at the May 1 City Council meeting, declaring May 7-13 Drinking Water Week in Durham. The proclamation acknowledges the contributions of water plant operators, lab technicians, and other water industry professionals for their roles in providing drinking water to our customers.  More 

Durham Hosts Small Local Business Enterprise Networking Event

Looking for help to get your small business off the ground and qualify for City contracting opportunities? The Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity Assurance will hold a free networking event on May 11 at 5:30 p.m. to share information about the City's Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program and contracting opportunities in construction, architectural, engineering, and surveying businesses located in Durham, Orange, Person, and Chatham Counties. The event will be held in City Council Chambers at 101 City Hall Plaza.  More 

Durham Hosts Human Relations Advocacy Awards May 11

The City's Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations of residents and organizations who have distinguished themselves by advancing and advocating for civil and human rights in Durham. The commission and the Human Relations Division of the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department are hosting the 2017 Human Relations Advocacy Awards on May 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street. At this ceremony, at least four Durham residents and/or organizations will be honored for their impact and service.  More

Registration Open for G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp

Durham Police Department's G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Unit is accepting applications for its 2017 summer camps for youth ages 9 to 13. G.R.E.A.T. Camps are provided free-of-charge and can accommodate up to 30 youth each session. Three week-long sessions are offered June 19-23, July 10-14, or Aug. 14-18.  More 

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With thousands of people moving into our area each year and our roadways clogged with traffic more than ever, many of us are looking for other ways to get around Durham and the Triangle. In this new episode,
CityLife Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with GoTriangle’s Mike Charbonneau and GoDurham’s Angel Gentry to talk about why transit is such a hot topic right now and all of the ways our transit leaders are working to address this issue. Watch the show.

GoDurham Event Aims to Help More Seniors Ride the Bus

For seniors who can’t or don’t want to drive, being stuck at home doesn’t have to be the result. Taking a bus to a restaurant, a grocery store or a park has never been easier. GoDurham and the City's Department of Transportation are partnering with the Durham Center for Senior Life to help those who would like to learn more about taking public transit. On May 12 at 11 a.m., join representatives from the agencies in the center’s auditorium for a seminar offering everything you need to know about riding GoDurham buses. More

America’s Night Out Against Crime Set For Aug. 1

Registration is underway for Durham’s observance of National Night Out (NNO), America’s Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 1. Neighborhoods, agencies and businesses are encouraged to support the celebration by organizing or sponsoring a NNO event or promotion. The evening of Aug. 1 residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement and public safety partners. Neighborhoods typically host events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime campaigns.  More 

Durham Seeks Applicants for Building Improvement Grants

Durham business owners interested in funds to help improve their locations can apply now for an upcoming grant opportunity. The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development is accepting applications for targeted areas inside the city limits for Building Improvement Grants. Proposed projects must be within the Ninth Street Commercial Corridor or the Downtown Development Tier, including Parrish Street. To determine whether a project is within the eligible geographic location, business owners should use the department’s mapping tool. More 

Durham Launches Architectural Inventory Update

 A lot has changed in the Bull City over the last 35 years, and the memories and stories of residents are needed now to help update Durham’s Architectural and Historic Inventory. The Durham City-County Planning Department and Preservation Durham are collaborating to update this inventory, which was last completed in 1982, to bring this work up-to-date with additional documentation about structures and neighborhoods. The original inventory took a comprehensive look at the history, architecture, and development patterns of Durham and noted more than 900 structures built prior to 1940 along with brief histories of approximately 30 Durham neighborhoods and their patterns of development.  More 

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Parks and Recreation Notes

Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Set For May 20

The 48th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival is set for May 20 from noon to 8 p.m. at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive. The national award winning festival has been a tradition in Durham for 47 years. This family oriented event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions. Visit the Bimbé History page for information on how the festival has evolved throughout the years. More

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 5/3/17 - Days of Supply: 240 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

East Main Street Waterline Replacement Project Update

As minor touch-up and restorative work is finalized in the Downtown Loop, further improvements to the City’s waterline infrastructure will continue along the East Main Street corridor.  Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, waterline installation on East Main Street between Hood and Fayetteville streets, including near the Fayetteville Street / East Main Street intersection, will continue. Lane shifts and closures will be required near the Fayetteville Street / East Main Street intersection. Flaggers will be used to maintain traffic flow through the intersection. Through traffic on Fayetteville Street is encouraged to use an alternate route when possible. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings / facilities will be maintained at all times.

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