About the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.  The Downtown Partnership is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit agency tasked with leading and managing  the downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promotions; improving the visual appeal of downtown; and rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses. 

308 West Rosemary Street - Suite 202 - 919-967-9440  


Executive Director

Meg McGurk

Assistant Director

Bobby Funk


2014-2015 Board of Directors

Don Tise, Chair
Tise Kiester Architects

Scott Maitland, Vice Chair
Topo Distilery

Gordon Merklein, Treasurer
UNC Real Estate Development

Glenn Boothe
Cat's Cradle

Kristen Smith
Chamber of Commerce

Steve Brantley
Orange County

Mark Kleinschimidt
Mayor, Chapel Hill



Mark Sherburne
The Carolina Inn

Dan Shannon
Chapel Hil Magazine

Len Wohadlo
3 Birds Marketing

Patty Griffin
CH/OC Visitor's Bureau

Brannum Forsyh
UNC Undergrad Representative

Sarah Vinas
Town of Chapel Hill

Julianne Stern
UNC Graduate Representative



Board of Directors

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Board currently consists of nine voting members; fifteen total members.  Four of the board members are appointed by the Town and at least one appointment is a downtown property owner and one is a downtown business owner. Two are appointed by the University of North Carolina. These six members serve staggered, three-year terms. Additionally, three members are chosen by the other board members.  There are six non-voting liaison members; including both a graduate and undergraduate student from UNC. For a board application - click here

The Downtown Partnership is placing an emphasis on enhancing and promoting the assets of downtown Chapel Hill and developing programming to address the basic, fundamental needs of downtown, including cleanliness, safety, policies and parking, all in an effort to foster an environment that will support economic growth and prosperity.