Downtown Chapel Hill



Our Mission: The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community 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. 

The Downtown Partnership places an emphasis on enhancing and promoting the assets of downtown, and developing programming to address the fundamental needs of downtown; all to foster an environment that supports economic growth and prosperity.

Executive Director search in progress

Interim Director, Elinor Landess


Alex Rike
Programs Manager 

Elinor Landess, Director
Campus & Community Coalition

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Pam Hemminger
Mayor, Chapel Hill

Elizabeth Flake
Underground Printing

Mark Sherburne
The Carolina Inn

Len Wohadlo
3 Birds Marketing

Badham Dixon
UNC Undergraduate Representative

Lauren Joca
UNC Graduate Representative

Jeff Furman
Northwood Ravin


Scott Maitland, Chair
Topo Distillery
Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Elizabeth Sasser, Vice Chair
Lecturer, UNC

Gordon Merklein, Treasurer
UNC Real Estate Development

Rae Buckley
Town of Chapel Hill

Joel Curran
Communications & Public Affairs UNC

Amanda Garner
Orange County Economic Development

Patty Griffin
Chapel Hill/Orange Co Visitor's Bureau


308 West Rosemary Street - Suite 202, Chapel Hill, NC - 919-967-9440