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, Chapel Hill, NC - 919-967-9440  

Executive Director

Meg McGurk

Assistant Director

Bobby Funk

Campus & Community Coalition Director

Elinor Landess

 Elinor Ladness
Campus & Community Coalition Director
Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

(Photo by Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Don Tise, Chair
Tise Kiester Architects

Scott Maitland, Vice Chair
Topo Distillery

Gordon Merklein, Treasurer
UNC Real Estate Development

Rae Buckley
Town of Chapel Hill

Joel Curran
Vice Chancellor of Communications & Public Affairs UNC

Amanda Garner
Orange County Economic Development

Patty Griffin
Chapel Hill /Orange Co Visitor's Bureau



Pam Hemminger
Mayor, Chapel Hill

Elizabeth Sasser
Lecturer, UNC

Mark Sherburne
The Carolina Inn

Kristen Smith
Chapel Hill & CarrboroChamber of Commerce

David Vitek
UNC Undergraduate Representative

Zach Ward
DSI Comedy Theater

Len Wohadlo
3 Birds Marketing

Allen Wood
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.


Statement from the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Board of Directors and Staff on HB2:

 Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - Downtown Chapel Hill is a community proud of inclusivity and diversity, built on respect and acceptance of all. It is the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill and as such, we strive to make downtown a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

We join with many of our downtown businesses, elected leaders, and economic development partners in saying that House Bill 2 is inconsistent with both Chapel Hill and downtown's history and goals of building a community that is better, healthier and thriving due to embracing everyone.

To that end, we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that downtown Chapel Hill will always be open to business and open to all. For more information please contact Executive Director Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or meg@downtownchapelhill.com.