Board Chairman George Draper announced today that Meg McGurk, currently the Interim Director of the agency, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
"The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership has flourished under Meg's guidance with the creation and expansion of programming and events. Her experience and deep ties to the entire community are a great asset to the agency and the downtown community. She has greatly bolstered the relationships between our partners at all levels of the Town, University and business owners. We are confident that she will continue to place the agency at the forefront in its role as the advocate, leader, and champion of our downtown community," said George Draper.
During her five years at the Downtown Partnership as the Assistant Director, McGurk has been instrumental in creating and leading both the LOCALLY GROWN Music & Movie series and the Real Change from Spare Change initiative to address panhandling and bolster homelessness services downtown. She's improved targeted marketing and programming efforts that maintain downtown as the social and cultural center of our community. McGurk has created an extensive network of volunteers and student interns for the agency whose efforts are centered on cleanliness initiatives, research, project development, and event assistance.
She brings to downtown sixteen years of professional nonprofit experience and leadership; and outside of this agency, serves as a volunteer on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council for Orange County and the PTA Thrift Shop Capital Campaign Team. McGurk has a Masters of Public Administration from NC State with a focus on local government relations and nonprofit administration.
"My heart is in Downtown Chapel Hill; from the moment I first arrived here fourteen years ago and landed my first job on Franklin Street coordinating the programming at the Street Scene Teen Center. I believe our downtown's history, vibrancy, and character combine to create a unique love that thrives in everyone who comes here. I look forward to bringing businesses together for more engaging events, expanding programming that addresses the concerns of our business owners, and further strengthen the relationships between all of our partners," said Meg McGurk.
The Downtown Partnership has named Bobby Funk to Assistant Director. Funk was previously Programs Director. In his three years with the agency he has elevated the agency's visibility in the community as well as downtown businesses. His work has focused on the branding of downtown with design production and graphics including the interactive and comprehensive parking website at www.franklinstreetparking.com; the Downtown Business Guide & Map, and mobile app - Explore Downtown Chapel Hill. As Assistant Director Funk will continue to build on the success of the agency's cultural arts programming including holiday concerts, and music on the street; as well as focus efforts on parking marketing and solutions, business relations, and engaged merchant services.