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Economic Development

The Chamber is the premier conduit for business connections and economic growth in Durham County. With a robust talent pipeline, a thriving ecosystem of technology, life sciences, manufacturing, and other industries, spanning Research Triangle Park, Durham is the ideal place to grow your business. To learn more, contact Ryan Regan, Vice President of Economic Development at rregan@durhamchamber.org or 919-328-8750. If you're looking for commercial space in Durham, click on the link below.

Industry Clusters

Life Sciences

Durham’s Life Sciences industry contributes to Triangle region’s acclaim as one of the best places to do business in the U.S.

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Financial Services

Nearly one-fourth of the jobs created in Durham come from the Financial Industry.

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Durham excels at the practice of information processing and the engineering of information systems.

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Recent Successes

Durham is in the midst of an entrepreneurial boom. Entrepreneurs and startups are attracting national attention from the public sector, Silicon Valley investors, and talented individuals worldwide.

From its beginnings in tobacco and textiles to Black Wall Street and the Research Triangle Park, Durham is a community of entrepreneurs who value creative ideas, asking “What if?” and bringing talented people together to answer that very question.

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2019 Total Investment:

$758+ million

2019 new jobs:


Our Talent

We play to our strengths, so when it comes to talent, we’re always pushing forward.

The history behind the buildings and outdoor spaces in Durham is amazing but it is the diversity of people who animate these spaces that makes the community special.

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Durham's Economic History

Durham’s nimble economy has seen three major phases in the last 200 years.

The tobacco industry dominated the city. Durham quickly developed a vibrant community. In the 1950s,Durham took on a new venture with the developmentof Research Triangle Park. Durham’s growth began to rekindle during the 1980s, with the construction of multiple housing developments, and the beginnings of downtown revitalization. Today, Durham is a vibrant, unique community that continues to grow and prosper with new industry andamenities for all.

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Tobacco & Textile

1850’s to 1970’s

IT & Computing

1970’s to 2000’s

Life Sciences & Green Tech

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce