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A Message from Mayor Hemminger on the Events in Charlottesville

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Town of Chapel Hill, August 16, 2017

On behalf of all people of Chapel Hill, I want to extend our deep sympathies to every one of the victims of Saturday’s horrific events in Charlottesville.

We stand steadfast behind Mayor Michael Signer and the city of Charlottesville in denouncing white supremacy, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate which have no place in a democratic society.

Our sympathies are heightened by the knowledge that Charlottesville is so much like Chapel Hill, a distinguished university town that prides itself upon diversity, inclusion, and openness of thought.

Recognizing that we may not be immune from such an assault upon our own community for upholding the values that we share, it is important to make it clear that, although we support First Amendment rights, we will not tolerate hatred, bigotry, racism or violence.

In the days since the tragic incidents in Charlottesville, our law enforcement officers and Town staff have been working closely with the University to be prepared should a similar event occur in Chapel Hill.


We are taking necessary steps to protect the safety and well-being of our community, which at this time of year is welcoming students for the fall semester from all over our state, our nation and the world.

I am confident that Chapel Hill will stand united, working together to demonstrate our commitment to respectful civic discourse as a way of moving forward on the important issues that lay before our town and our nation.

Mayor Hemminger Calls to Continue DACA

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Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is among more than 100 mayors and county officials from 35 states who issued a letter today to President Trump calling on him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until a legislative solution is enacted for all undocumented immigrant youth, otherwise referred to as Dreamers.

Many cities have embraced the DACA program, and DACA has in turn provided thousands of residents with the opportunity to pursue higher education, career goals, and give back to the country they call home. Cities and counties have supported DACA applicants and recipients through investments in legal services, outreach efforts to eligible youth, and easing access to school records and public documents for prospective applicants. These contributions have helped nearly 800,000 individuals obtain DACA and give back to their communities.

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Mayor Pam Hemminger Announces Re-Election Bid

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“It has been my pleasure to serve the people of Chapel Hill for the past eighteen months,” said Mayor Hemminger, who was first elected in 2015 after serving on the Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Chapel Hill–Carrboro City School Board.

“Diversifying our tax base and increasing jobs have been top priorities for me,” says Hemminger, who in her first term brought together members of the private sector to create Chapel Hill’s first Innovation Council, championed the creation of a new light industrial planning zone, and led a joint effort with Orange County to bring Wegmans grocery to Chapel Hill.

“There is so much creative energy and innovation here,” Hemminger explained.  “It’s time for Chapel Hill to take the initiative to capture UNC spin-offs and attract new companies in order to broaden our tax base and increase high-paying local job opportunities.”

Hemminger is proud of her work to address social justice and community issues, especially the ongoing Food for the Summer program, which provided more than 48,000 meals and distributed over 3,500 free books to children throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro last summer. She also successfully advocated for the town to commit funding to the Rogers Road sewer project, fulfilling a 45-year promise to that community’s residents.

Her first term also saw the town’s purchase of the American Legion property, one of the largest remaining undeveloped tracts in town, and formation of a task force to discuss ways the site can provide economically sustainable recreation space in this rapidly developing part of Chapel Hill. She also engaged Council, staff, residents, and the business community in making design improvements to the Ephesus-Fordham form-based code, including reduced block size, increased public space, and better walkability.

“It has been an amazing and productive eighteen months,” said Hemminger about her first term as mayor.  “I am excited by the opportunity to continue to take the lead on important issues and look forward to hearing from constituents during this campaign season.”

Daily Tarheel Q & A with Mayor Hemminger

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Are you originally from Chapel Hill?

No, but I’ve been here 30 years. My husband is a professor at UNC. We met at Vanderbilt. 

As the mayor of Chapel Hill, what is your most important priority?

In your opinion, what has been your most defining accomplishment as mayor?

Food for the Summer. Feeding our kids over the summer who are on free or reduced lunch, who don’t have access to the meals during the summer months. This is our second year.

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Summer Meal Program Feeds K-12 Students

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School is nearly out for the summer in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, but cafeteria workers are ready to remain in service for students of the local district that rely on federal lunches.

That service is part of a program called Food for the Summer, which was coordinated by Chapel Hill mayor Pam Hemminger to keep children from going hungry during vacation season.

“It’s an 11-week summer again, and for kids who aren’t in camps and who don’t have as much opportunity to do those kinds of fun things during the summer, it’s a really long summer, and especially a long summer if you’re constantly worried where your next meal is coming from,” she noted.

The program entails delivery operations that take place five days per week, with volunteers bringing nutritious meals and bonus items to children in over 10 local neighborhoods.

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Mayor Hemminger Commits to Paris Agreement

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Chapel Hill mayor Pam Hemminger is among 86 mayors committing to upholding the Paris climate accord following President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw U.S. participation.

The list of mayors is compiled by Climate Mayors (aka, Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, or MNCAA), a network of 92 U.S. mayors working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making.

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Chapel Hill Establishes American Legion Task Force

American_Legion_map.jpgChapelboro, March 21, 2017

Chapel Hill is nearing the completion of an agreement to purchase the approximately 35-acre property on Legion Road from the American Legion Post No. 6. A newly commissioned task force will seek to determine how to best use that property.

The task force will include Mayor Pam Hemminger and town council members Donna Bell and Nancy Oates. It will also be made up of members from various commissions and the visitors bureau, a person with knowledge of commercial development and three at-large community interests representatives.

“I’m excited about this, because it does really take usually a task force or group of people to look over all that information and distill it and come back with some kind of recommendations or suggestions,” Hemminger said.

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Pam About Town

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You've been in office for a year and a month at the time of this interview, and the mayor's office is a two-year term. Let's start with: Have you enjoyed the job enough to run again?

I'm going to run again.

I assume you're running unopposed?

I haven't heard [laughs]. But, I'm hopeful that the citizens are pleased with the changes and things that have happened this last year and are willing to give me another term.

Mayor Hemminger, you came in on the idea that there was too much emphasis on luxury apartments as opposed to thoughtful commercial development. Do you still feel that way?

Very much so. I think more and more people understand the need to diversify the tax base. At 84% residential, it's not a long-term, sustainable future.

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Hemminger: Wegmans "Poised to Be Among Biggest Sales Tax Producers"

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The possibility of Wegmans Supermarket coming to Chapel Hill highlights several different milestones. It’s the first time that the Town of Chapel Hill and Orange County have partnered together for economic development work. It would also be the first Wegmans in Orange or Durham Counties.

On Wednesday, county and town leaders announced the Orange County Commissioners and the Town of Chapel Hill will consider an incentive package to bring Wegmans Supermarket to Chapel Hill. The Wegmans would open in the 14-acre property on 15-501 that will be vacated by Performance Automall next July. Performance is set to move to a new location near the Streets of Southpoint in Durham.

Almost as newsworthy as the supermarket itself is the first-of-its-kind collaboration between Chapel Hill and Orange County for an incentives package to make it all possible. The town and county would provide $2 million each over five years if Wegmans hits performance numbers.

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Chapel Hill Mayor Fields Questions at Downtown Meeting

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Mayor Pam Hemminger has been asking residents for their concerns and suggestions, and she got them, on a multitude of issues, during Thursday's Friends of the Downtown monthly meeting at Mediterranean Deli.

The new mayor first took a moment to talk about the Ephesus-Fordham district between East Franklin Street, Fordham Boulevard and Ephesus Church Road. She also talked about changes taking place now in the town's struggling inspections and planning departments.

Revising the Ephesus-Fordham district's form-based code will help achieve community goals, she said, such as bringing in more tax dollars to pay for long-needed road and stormwater improvements.  It could take a while, she said.

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