Economy

Community Climate Action Plan aims to half Carrboro's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025

Community Climate Action Plan aims to half Carrboro’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2025

When people think about Carrboro, a lot of people and places come to mind. Now, the town is working hard to ensure a certain color comes to mind: green. “If there is any place that can adopt the radical changes that climate change calls for today, I think that it’s Carrboro,” said Alderman Sammy Slade. “And we can hopefully be… Read more →

Addition of new Hilton hotel could have economic benefits for Carrboro

Addition of new Hilton hotel could have economic benefits for Carrboro

The Board of Aldermen heard positive feedback on Tuesday, Feb. 23, for a proposed Hilton Garden Inn on 107 Padgett Lane. If the proposal passes, the Hilton would be the second hotel in the town, preceded only by the Hampton Inn & Suites, which opened to the public in September of 2013. Trish McGuire, planning director for Carrboro, has witnessed the success of… Read more →

Branding Carrboro: Living in a town with its own identity

Branding Carrboro: Living in a town with its own identity

When it comes to branding, sometimes the fewer words the better. At least that’s the approach the town of Carrboro has taken. Back in early February of last year, Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen unveiled a new logo for the town, as well as a slim new slogan: “Feel Free.” Since their debut, both the logo and the tagline have become… Read more →

Aldermen won’t use hotel revenue for arts building

Aldermen won’t use hotel revenue for arts building

  The Carrboro Board of Aldermen on Thursday scrapped a proposal to use tax revenues from a new hotel to finance the creation of a downtown arts hub, saying the plan seemed too risky and rushed. At the same time, however, town leaders expressed support for the basic idea underpinning the proposed Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center (CAIC), and they… Read more →

Aldermen get feedback on new arts building

Aldermen get feedback on new arts building

  Residents on Tuesday seized another opportunity to weigh in on a proposal for Carrboro to contribute $7.5 million toward a new building to house the ArtsCenter and a local children’s museum. People packed Carrboro Town Hall for Tuesday night’s public hearing, the second in as many weeks as the Board of Aldermen sought public input on the proposed public-private… Read more →

Booming business accompanies Carrboro Music Festival

Booming business accompanies Carrboro Music Festival

Every year, the Carrboro Music Festival is accompanied by the beat of footsteps along the crowded downtown streets. And local businesses are keeping tune. Many of them say it’s their best day of the year. “We’ve had record-breaking days in the past,” said Jared Fruth, an employee at Jessee’s Coffee & Bar, one of the festival venues. “It’s a madhouse…. Read more →

Carrboro gets psyched to go solar

Carrboro gets psyched to go solar

Almost 12 years ago, Carrboro resident Randee Haven-O’Donnell had an idea: installing solar panels on the homes in her cul-de-sac. Unfortunately for Haven-O’Donnell, the unfavorable orientation of the houses combined with the lack of suitable technology and cost-effective methods prevented her from pursuing this alternative energy option. Haven-O’Donnell is a certified environmental educator, and she now serves on Carrboro’s Board… Read more →

Carrboro businesses eager to welcome Hampton Inn guests

Carrboro businesses eager to welcome Hampton Inn guests

  After  months of delays, the Hampton Inn and Suites in Carrboro is now open, and local businesses are already reaping the benefits. According to Barabara Leedy, sales manager for Atma Hotel Group, Inc., which manages the property, over Labor Day weekend, the hotel’s first weekend open, it housed five wedding groups and a bar mitzvah, bringing more than 300… Read more →

CHCCS Board of Education considers teleconferencing for world language courses

CHCCS Board of Education considers teleconferencing for world language courses

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district is considering teleconferencing to bolster middle and high school world language courses that suffer from low enrollment. Elaine Watson-Grant, the Dual and World Language Coordinator for CHCCS, presented a recommendation for teaching world language courses affected by low enrollment at the Sept. 5 Board of Education meeting.   She and the Instructional Services Division, in… Read more →

Cliff's: an icon among Carrboro's carnivores

Cliff’s: an icon among Carrboro’s carnivores

By Shweta Mishra Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Carrboro’s pre-eminent butcher Clifton Collins is so familiar with animal anatomy that he can identify even the most obscure cuts of meat via photo. “I never thought I would do this,” Collins says, recalling his childhood on a tobacco, corn and soybean farm in rural Chatham County. But in 1967, as Collins was finishing high school,… Read more →