Dwight Bassett is the Director of Economic Development & Parking Services for Chapel Hill and has served on the Urban Land Institute, previously as Membership Chair, on the Management Committee, and as Co-chair of the Innovation and Technology committee. He was also recognized as the Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation in 2015.
He attended Samford University, majored in Business Administration and minored in music. He has spent the last 35 years in urban and economic development. He also has owned three coffee shops, two retail stores, a consulting business and a woodworking studio while working in government. He has led most all aspects of economic development ranging from initial planning and visions to complex financing of commercial and housing projects.
He was hired to work for the Town in 2007 and has spent the last fourteen years implementing the Economic Development Strategy (2008), completing retail, office and housing market analysis for bench-marking purposes. Subsequently the Town adopted a new Commercial Development Strategy (2016) with the Vision of “Taking our place on the map of like cities in research and development.”
Dwight has led planning initiatives for downtown, Ephesus-Fordham and Rosemary streets, engineering for Ephesus-Fordham area, and other projects like the Small Art Business Loan Program to help fund FRANK Arts Collective, Internal Development Review Assessment, Affordable Housing work, parking studies and management, and, related issues for downtown. He was instrumental in the founding of LaUNCh venture lab, and the subsequent co-working / Stage II spaces.