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Cardinal Innovations seeking residents for
Community Advisory Council

Cardinal Innovations is seeking Orange County residents interested in serving on a Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC will serve as an avenue for individuals in the community (members, families, providers, and stakeholders) to present the needs of the community to the Regional Health Councils.

Additionally, the CAC will be tasked with completing the goals of the Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP) on the local level.

For more information, visit the Cardinal Innovations website

The CAC will meet eight times a year. Voting members will be selected by each local Board of County Commissioners.

Individuals wishing to join the CAC can fill out an application online. Applications are due no later than Sunday, November 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Orange County announces closings for Thanksgiving

Orange County will close its administrative and departmental offices on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. This includes senior centers, convenience centers, libraries, Health Department and other County Government functions.

Please be advised of the following exceptions for Orange County departments or services.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be closed, but any 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule. The after-hours animal drop will be open and checked throughout the day.

Transportation Services

Transportation Services will operate limited service serving the in-county dialysis route only (Carolina Dialysis) on Friday, Nov. 29. In order to provide two working day notice for scheduling, trip requests for Monday, Dec. 2 must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27.


Curbside Recycling will be collected as normal on Friday, Nov. 29. Curbside recycling for Thursday, Nov. 28, will be collected on Saturday, Nov. 30. Please have your recycling out by 7 a.m.
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Well selects location in Chapel Hill for Operations & Corporate Center

Governor Roy Cooper, the Town of Chapel Hill and Orange County announced today (Tuesday, Nov. 19) that Well will invest $3 million to establish a new operations and corporate center in Chapel Hill that will create about 400 high-paying jobs over five years. The center will expand on the company’s recently established location at 419 W. Franklin St. in Downtown Chapel Hill.

Well provides a consumer engagement platform that helps individuals navigate and improve their health. Well’s concierge health team and digital experiences provide on-demand support to members, while proactively surfacing personalized health insights. The operations hub will serve as the primary center for Well’s clinical and health experts, with software developers, data analysts, and corporate personnel.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce led the state’s support for the company during its site evaluation process. Chapel Hill and Orange County worked with the state to successfully secure the project. Well also considered sites in Boston and Durham for its center. Economic benefits will be shared across North Carolina with an expected $8.4 million increase in state revenues over a 12-year incentive with Well.

“Building on our deep local connections, Chapel Hill provides an ideal environment for our new operations and corporate center,” said David Werry, Well’s President & COO. “Access to high quality talent, major academic centers, and unique community resources were all key drivers in our decision to locate in Chapel Hill.”

“It is especially nice when a company with strong ties to Orange County returns to grow their business here,” said Penny Rich, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “We are thrilled to welcome Well to Orange County. We don’t have to tell you what a special place this is, and we look forward to growing with you no matter what color blue you don.”

Orange County will hold a public hearing to discuss and approve its incentives at a later date, including the use of county-owned property on Franklin Street.

Click here for more information.
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Tours of arts space at Eno River Mill scheduled for Dec. 5

The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC), in collaboration with The Gold Family and its partner, Hedgehog Holdings, seeks to activate Hillsborough’s historic Eno River Mill through the arts, providing a critical need for the creative community of Orange County, as well as generating economic impact for the surrounding area. This undertaking will take place in phases, beginning with move-in-ready studio spaces, and will eventually provide performing arts space, arts-retail space, and a variety of maker spaces.

The Art Mill Studios are located in a move-in ready, 2,970 square foot, former office space. It features private and communal studio space for up to 13 artists at affordable prices. The beautifully restored exposed brick and hardwood hallway just outside of the space will allow for exhibit space for tenants.

Application process:

  • TOURS: Tours of the mill will be offered Thursday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m..  Please register for a tour by filling out this quick form.
  • APPLICATION: The application period will be open Dec. 1-15 with accepted applicants being notified shortly thereafter. Priority will be given to residents of Orange County and artists who do not currently have a home studio.
  • LEASE: Accepted artists will be required to sign a one-year lease with the Orange County Arts Commission and agree to a background check.
  • MOVE-IN: Spaces will be available for move-in following the completion of lease contract. Our target move-in period is the first half of January.
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If you owe fines to Orange County Public Libraries, you can pay down your fines by donating unopened cans or boxes of food (pet or human) or an unwrapped toy to the library's annual Food and Toys for Fines program. The program runs through Dec. 13 at all library locations. One new, unwrapped toy in its original packaging will take off all overdue fines on a single account. One can or box of non-perishable food eliminates $1 of fines. (Pet food is also eligible!) Neither can go toward replacement items, or service fees (such as billed items, processing fees, replacement card fees, or printing/faxes).
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Unexpected repairs force closure of Link Building on Nov. 22

The John M. Link, Jr., Government Center will close to the public at the close of business on Friday, Nov. 22, due to unexpected repairs. Several Orange County departments will relocate to other county facilities or temporary office space while the building is addressed. Effective, Monday, Nov. 25, please note the following changes:
  • Orange County Manager’s office and the Board of County Commissioners staff will relocate to the Whitted Building (300 W. Tryon Street, Hillsborough). Staff from the manager’s office will be in room 250, while staff from the Clerk to the Board will be in room 220.
  • Financial/Administrative Services, the Orange County Arts Commission and the Community Relations Department will relocate to 405 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough.
  • The Office of the Public Defender has moved to 115 East King Street, Hillsborough.
The Orange County Attorney’s Office and the Human Rights and Relations Department will remain at 105 W. Corbin Street, Suite 103 (Hillsborough). The Human Resources Department will remain in the West Campus Office Building at 131 W. Margaret Lane (Hillsborough).
All staff phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same during the relocation period.
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