Community leaders from Orange County, North Carolina are participating in a three day visit to Bloomington to compare notes from one college town to another.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce President Aaron Nelson says the delegation has been impressed by similarities between the two cities and will look for economic strategies to take back home.
“We really like how downtown has redeveloped, we have been very interested to learn about student housing and your choices about putting student housing in the downtown and the positive impact that has had on keeping downtown alive,” Nelson says.
Kyla Cox of Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County says the visit is an opportunity for the city to show off a little bit.
“It’s great for Bloomington to be able to be in the spotlight as a community that has increased their opportunities by coming up with maybe some innovative solutions to problems that we have,” she says.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro chamber officials have made regular trips to a number of other college towns, including Madison, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan.