Orange County residents are healthier, wealthier and wiser than most of the state, but pay a larger local tax burden and have a growing number of families in need.
Those were some of the facts presented to more than 160 business and community leaders Tuesday at the fifth annual State of the Community breakfast. The Triangle Community Foundation, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and community partners hosted the Friday Center event.
A story about the event will appear in Sunday’s Chapel Hill News.
Chamber President Aaron Nelson said Orange County needs to increase its 13.2 percent commercial tax base and create local jobs, which will help families on the losing end of a growing income gap.
“We’ve got a bunch of (developments) coming that will help, where we can grow local jobs, increase local spending and take care on the social services side to make sure that everybody has the services they need,” he said.
The event covered the gamut of life in Orange County, from individual and environmental health to teen pregnancy, education and the local economy.
Click the link below for a closer look at the State of the Community slideshow.