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Group: Durham Incentives Plan Working, Still Room for Improvement

Posted July 5, 2007
Updated July 6, 2007

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— A non-partisan, interfaith group released a report Thursday on incentives and accountability in Durham.

Durham Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods (C.A.N.) partnered with UNC to research the implications of public incentives.

According to the group, the county has agreed to more than $18 million in incentives over the past 10 years. Those deals include bringing more than 4,000 jobs to Durham.

The group said the city and county are doing a good job, but there is room for improvement.

"We want to open up the incentive-granting process to public review and accountability. We want to ask firms to commit to first-source hiring agreements to create employment and job training opportunities for Durham residents," said Ann Stack, of C.A.N. "We want to expand the livable wage to more workers in the developed properties of downtown Durham.

"We want to explore transportation options for getting Durham residents to distant and downtown job sites. We want to secure high-quality affordable child care onsite," Stack said.

Stack also said the group is calling for the expansion of local and construction jobs and career ladders through formal apprenticeships and mentoring programs.

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  • choppa Jul 5, 2007

    The specific reason why a few people absolutely hate Durham is more than clear. Especial when they post comments like "Dont bring your business here unless your a minority. Durham is a racist minority ran wana be city.". The key word being minority. But when I for second try to assume their rotted mindset, I is still can't even then see how they hate everything and every single person of Durham so intensely. OK, as backwards as it may be, some in this country have always hated the "minorities". I mean this is America and they have a right to hate a whole group of people as dumb as that is. Yet there are other people in Durham besides minorities. Almost half of the population is not minority. So why so much hate toward them. Not only that, even though crime happens every where, if hating Durham is your stick I can see a hater squealing very time a story about a crime is posted. But where does so much hate come from to hate even the good stories? Is their hate for minorities that great?

  • peacebee Jul 5, 2007

    Good point, lynnway...and i agree, it is not all flowers here, but then it is not all ghetto either, nor would it warrant getting blown away. I can't speak to the comments about being run by racists as I don't mess with the politics, and I live outside the downtown limits, but have any of these people ever been to the American Tobacco warehouse (great restaurants, ambiance, concerts) or to Duke Gardens (free), or to Brightleaf Square, or to a Durham Bulls game? Having just returned from NYC and Washington DC...well...I will take Durham any day! It's a great place! I remember when I lived in Asheville 10 yrs ago, and a family member was carjacked and robbed in dt Asheville. Also during that time, a lady was shot during a carjack attempt in dt Asheville. I admit...I do react to radical comments like "blow it away".

  • linnway Jul 5, 2007

    I worked in Durham for 2 years and lived in Durham for thirteen months. Personally, I didn't like it and didn't feel it was for me. I think the public does consider the good and the bad, but the bad just seems to out-weigh the good. Just my opinion, for whatever it is worth.

  • peacebee Jul 5, 2007

    I wonder if the negative comments are coming from the ignorant who do not live or work around Durham, but rather base their opinions on bad news (of which there is plenty) and have no inclination to see the good things about Durham...by the way, I live in Durham. I eat at really nice restaurants in Durham, attend fine arts events in and around Durham, shop in Durham...there are areas where I would not go - but then - those are pretty much in every city. Kinda scary that someone would make a judgement to "blow durham away". Sounds like someone who would be in those areas one should avoid!

  • RRsaidso Jul 5, 2007

    Dont bring your business here unless your a minority. Durham is a racist minority ran wana be city. It is the ARMPIT OF THE TRIANGLE!

  • Brick Tamland Jul 5, 2007

    For some reason whenever I see a story about Durham I hear Elvis Presley's "In The Ghetto" playing in my head.

  • okidoki Jul 5, 2007

    huff and puff and blow durham away.