The CCP meets quarterly. Details for our next meeting follow:

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, Hall C

Address: 1192 US-64 W Business

The conservation of natural resources provides our communities with many benefits such as areas to play, beautiful vistas to contemplate, and clean water. Did you know that conserving natural resources also supports our economy? The upcoming Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) meeting will discuss some of the ways that protecting nature supports economic development in Chatham County. We have a packed agenda, bringing together local perspectives from the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and a small business owner, as well as an academic evaluation of the benefits of a nature-based economy. We’ll also learn how medical professionals are using the benefits of nature to treat their patients.

9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:15 Economic benefits of conservation lands
Dr.Mitch Renkow, Professor, NCSU Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

9:55 Economic impact of tourism in Chatham County
Neha M. Shah, Director of Travel & Tourism, Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau
10:15 Break (15 min break)
10:30 Business prospective on nature-based recreation
Joe Jacob, Owner, Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company
10:50 Exercise is medicine
Sarah Weller Pegna, Coordinator for Chatham Health Alliance
11:20 CCP updates and announcements from members

The new Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center is one mile west of the historic courthouse/traffic circle in Pittsboro, and just 0.2 mile west of the Central Carolina Community College - Pittsboro Campus entrance.

Please park in the side lots and enter the Conference Center at the front middle entrance. The picture below indicates the appropriate entrance.