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Durham Chamber, ReCity Network Join Forces for Economic, Social Impact

Emerging social impact hub forms strategic partnership with economic development leader


(DURHAM, NC) The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, a bold, dynamic organization supporting the needs of businesses, non-profits, and government agencies, and ReCity Network, an emerging hub for social impact with non-profits, faith-based organizations, and mission-driven businesses, announce a new strategic partnership to build on the Bull City’s record of economic success and drive next-generation leadership.

Under the terms of the agreement, ReCity Network joins dozens of leading organizations as a member of the Chamber 2.0 key investor group, part of a Durham Chamber strategic initiative to shape the city’s future for sustained economic development through shared vision, shared ideas, creation of business opportunities, and solving statewide problems.

In addition, ReCity Network will begin hosting multiple Durham Chamber meetings and events at its 12,000-square-foot co-working, meeting, and event space located near the intersection of Broadway and Mangum Streets in downtown Durham. Events will be selected by ReCity and Durham Chamber leadership in an effort to promote collaboration among the organizations and their respective members, as the two groups focus on social entrepreneurship, impact, and innovation.

ReCity Network and the Durham Chamber will also cross-promote events and initiatives to their respective member bases.

According to Rob Shields, founding Executive Director of ReCity Network, the Durham Chamber strategic partnership is not just a big win for the emerging social impact hub, but for the city itself. “The Durham Chamber has, over the last decade, set the gold standard for collaboration and innovation for local economic development associations,” said Shields. “The leadership team at the chamber is known for being flexible and attentive to the needs of all stakeholders, including our core constituents of non-profits, churches, and mission-driven organizations. We are very proud to join forces with the Durham Chamber and build a future of shared success for all who call Durham home.”

Geoff Durham, President and CEO of the Durham Chamber, believes that ReCity has a big role to play in defining Durham’s future in positive ways. “The ReCity Network represents the very best of what Durham has to offer,” said Sternberg. “Within a matter of months, dozens of mission-driven organizations have coalesced with this organization, the impact has been both immediate and widespread for community empowerment. We believe that the more citizens share in the success enjoyed by Durham’s entrepreneurial and corporate communities, the greater we all will benefit.”

About ReCity Network
Founded in 2016, ReCity Network is Durham’s hub for social impact. More than three dozen non-profits, faith-based organizations, and mission-driven businesses call the ReCity Network’s 12,000-square-foot home for co-working, meetings, and events aimed at fostering collaboration and sparking innovation that defines a new era of shared success among all residents of the Bull City.

About the Durham Chamber
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization that serves members by helping to create and sustain a healthy economic climate. Established in 1906, the Chamber has been an integral part of the Durham community for more than 100 years. Businesses, organizations, and agencies who choose to be a part of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce do so because it is a thriving, pro-active business leadership organization.

Media Contacts:

ReCity Network: Rob Shields, Executive Director
Phone: 919-368-2513

Durham Chamber: Myra Wooten, Director of Public Relations and Communications
Phone: 919-328-8722

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