City of Durham, City Manager's Report, Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager

September 27, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 33

Note from Tom

Supporting Shared Economic Prosperity

Durham is known as a great place for startups and entrepreneurs thanks to our strong economy, top talent, and emerging industries. We are often on lists like #13 on Forbes “Best Places for Business and Careers.” We are proud of this fact, and the City’s Strategic Plan goal of “Shared Economic Prosperity” makes it a priority to ensure that these opportunities are available to all Durham residents and businesses.
The City is excited to be part of two upcoming opportunities to help Durham-based minority and women-owned businesses thrive. The 2019 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week offers five days of free events and resources including a business fair, financial literacy seminar, and valuable networking opportunities. Also starting in October, Momentum 360 is a new entrepreneurial training program tailored to help women small business owners expand their business and management skills. I encourage minority and women business owners to take advantage of these two programs, both of which are open for registration for just a few more days.

The City remains committed to supporting an environment of inclusive and equitable economic development that helps ensure that Durham is a place of opportunity for all. At an upcoming work session, staff will be providing the City Council a Shared Economic Prosperity update and work that is progressing to “stand up” the Bull City Built to Last non-profit that will be the backbone of this work.

City of Durham News

Affordable Housing Loan Fund Launches

The City is partnering with Self-Help Credit Union, Duke University, North Carolina Community Development Initiative, and SunTrust on a new Durham Affordable Housing Loan Fund (DAHLF). DAHLF will help create incentive to build affordable housing by providing funding to nonprofits and affordable housing developers on a quicker timeline and at below-market interest rates.

Opportunity to Serve on the Mayor's Hispanic/Latinx Committee

Are you interested in serving on Mayor Schewel’s Hispanic/Latinx Committee? The deadline to submit an application has been extended to Monday, September 30. Applications are available in English & Spanish.

Solid Waste Management Supports Recycle More NC Campaign

Despite challenges in some parts of the country, recycling is still going strong in Durham thanks to our Solid Waste Management Department. The state's Recycle More NC campaign will help you make sure you know which items belong in the recycling cart. Visit the campaign site or get a quick overview on Bull City Today.

Photo Highlight

Firefighters and volunteers pose with Lorenzo and his family

Durham Firefighters Help Build A Special Tree House

The City of Durham is proud of our firefighters who helped build a tree house for Lorenzo, a Durham boy with a terminal illness. Our firefighters wanted to make sure his backyard is a personal, safe place to simply be a little boy.

Upcoming Events

Coffee with a Cop

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8-10 a.m.
Various locations in each police district

Durham Police Department (DPD) officers will sit down and chat with residents over a cup of coffee during National Coffee with a Cop Day. This initiative is designed to help break down the barriers between residents and officers, build trust, and to discover mutual goals for the community. Event details.

Durham’s Annual Big Sweep Litter Cleanup

Various dates and locations

If you want a cleaner community, now’s your chance to join a neighborhood, park, or creek cleanup as part of Durham’s Annual Big Sweep. Find out how you can register and find cleanup events happening throughout October.

Municipal Primary

Primary Early Voting - Sept. 18 through Oct. 4; Primary Election Day - Oct. 8
The Primary is now open to select which Council Member At-Large candidates will appear on the November ballot. Visit to find polling locations and details.

Durham E-Waste, & Textile Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr.

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste) and old textiles and clothing as well as shred confidential documents should attend the City's E-Waste, Textile Recycling and Paper Shredding event next month. Event details.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network

Catch up with Bull City Wrap

Get a recap of this week's news in three minutes with the latest episode of Bull City Wrap.

In this week's episode: 
How to reduce recycling contamination; Funding added to the Cornwallis Rd. sidewalk/bike lane project; Electric buses coming to GoDurham; Progress on a stormwater infrastructure project; and, a $95 million affordable housing bond referendum. Watch now.
Host Amy Blalock discusses Electric Buses

Stay Current with Our Durham-Focused Shows

The Durham Television Network produces four shows to help keep residents informed.

Follow the City of Durham YouTube channel to see the latest episodes, or watch on Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber Channel 8, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and Frontier channel 70.

Durham Water Works for You

Buchanan Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of September 30:

  • Buchanan Boulevard will be closed in both directions between W. Main Street and Maxwell Ave.
  • Buchanan Boulevard will have lane closures with flaggers between W. Chapel Hill Street and Maxwell Ave.
  • Isolated lane closures and shifts lasting several hours will be required in the project area to accommodate sanitary sewer investigations, sidewalk installation, and pavement restoration.
  • No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of September 30:

  • Madison Avenue will be closed as storm water work continues.
  • Northwood Circle will be closed as storm water work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 

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Social Spotlight

Congratulations to Durham Assistant Attorney Crista Cuccaro who earned the International Municipal Lawyers Association's Local Government Fellow Distinction. She was one of the first two North Carolina attorney's to receive this designation. To top it off, she also had an article on autonomous vehicles published in Municipal Lawyer Magazine. Follow us @CityofDurhamNC.

Congratulations to #Durham Assistant City Attorney Crista Cuccaro who has just attained @imlalegal Local Government Law Fellow Distinction! She also gets a shoutout for her recent article on autonomous vehicles featured in Municipal Lawyer Magazine at

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