By Kristen Smith Kristen Smith is the Vice President for Advocacy & Engagement at Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ideas for Engaging Local Citizens

    May 22, 2013 at 5:45 am

    From Kristen Smith, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. I go to a lot of meetings, and serve on a lot of committees.  But most of the meetings are part of my job and I think board service is an important part of being a community member. But in recent discussions at the municipal level, there has […]

  • Tech Heads

    September 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    At my job, we have a new intern who is a student at East Chapel Hill High School.  This week he helped stuff envelopes with invoices and letters and could not seem to get over our inefficiency.  He wondered aloud – he has the unfortunate privilege of sharing an office with me – why in […]

  • Students Without Cars

    August 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    You’ve probably already seen them.  As my friend who just moved to Carrboro from Durham described the ones she saw in Harris Teeter: young men, dressed in polos with Croakies around their necks, carrying cases of Natural Light.  But that’s just a certain species in the family.    But the entire kingdom – those that […]

  • Green Thumbs

    August 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve been intrigued by the title of “master gardener” ever since my aunt Anne achieved the prestigious title.  But my interest has never been piqued to a degree that I would pursue the certification, let alone learn enough to keep beautiful green gifts I’ve received alive.  However, I do know enough to know that there […]

  • Southern Gentlemen (TM)

    August 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    NOTE: Southern Gentleman and Southern Gentlemen are registered trademarks of the South. All rights reserved. Use, duplication or disclosure restricted by their good breeding and whether their mothers would approve. I’m a native to Orange County.  Well, to be honest, my mom cringes that I have to put down the City of Medicine as my […]

  • Babies!

    August 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

    When I brought up with one of my best friends — who also happens to be a mom — that my next assignment for discovering and compiling things to do in Chapel Hill was babies, she gave me this advice:   “Oh that’s easy.  Tell them they have six months.  They can bring their baby […]

  • Party Animals

    July 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

    The Triangle, especially Chapel Hill, is considered a really smart place — where there are more PhDs per capita than any other metropolitan statistical area [still looking for the citation, but I really have heard it from multiple sources].    So, maybe our celebratory nature and proclivity for partying isn’t center stage, but I promise […]

  • People From Kansas

    July 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

    This week, I expressed frustration about a current narrative going around town, one that poses the question, “Has Chapel Hill lost its mojo?”  I countered that the question shouldn’t be have we “lost our mojo,” but have we lost our “mojo ambassadors?”    But it’s not fair for me to wonder where our ambassadors are, […]