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Great Things Are Happening at the Downtown Partnership!

Great Things are Happening at the Downtown Partnership!
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News From the Downtown Partnership
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This week Chapel Hill was named a Top Ten Foodie City of 2013 by, an online magazine whose mission is to tell the story of the great places to live, visit, work, play, and explore in between the big cities of our country. Four downtown restaurants were cited as shaping the culinary scene of our community - Lantern Restaurant, Crook's Corner, Elaine's on Franklin, and Mama Dip's! 
Downtown Partnership Annual Meeting & Report - Thank you to our supporters who attended our annual meeting in February! We had a great time sharing what we've accomplished this past year while continuing to seek out ways to strengthen our relationships with all of our partners in the downtown community.
2013-2015 Plan of Work - The Downtown Partnership Board of Directors approved the agency's new Plan of Work in February, providing the agency with guidance and vision for the 
Annual Report CHDP 2013
Downtown Retail Mix Analysis - As downtown Chapel Hill grows with new residential and commercial developments, we have a great opportunity to diversify the retail mix so that people truly can live, work, and play in downtown. Last year the Downtown Partnership had a Downtown Retail Mix Analysis completed, which shed light on our current mix of retail business (full study here). Based on this study we have completed a summary giving guidance to property owners, developers, and entrepreneurs on what our downtown is both seeking and needs in regards to retail opportunities.Read our Retail Mix Analysis

Bicycle Friendly Business ProgramThe Downtown Partnership consistently seeks to advocate for a vibrant, diverse, pedestrian-friendly, and accessible downtown. We are proud to be one of several sponsors of the Bicycle Friendly Business Program created by the Carrboro Bike Coalition. Twenty-one businesses and 
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organizations applied to the program in the first round! The Coalition will now work with each of them to create individualized plans on how to maintain and enhance their bicycle-friendly options for both patrons and employees. Why is it important to your business to be bicycle- friendly?  Bike parking is free, customer-friendly - if conveniently located - and certainly tax-payer friendly. The average cost to create and install a car parking space is $15,000 (this is street, garage and lot parking averaged), compared to a bike rack, which costs about $200 and has space for multiple patrons. (Details here.)
Save the Date:
Shred-a-thon: Thursday, April 25 from 10AM to 2PM at University Mall. Shred check stubs, credit card offers, receipts, outdated tax documents. A great FREE service for businesses and individuals provided by the Town of Chapel Hill Police Department and the Chamber of Commerce.

140 West Franklin Grand Opening - Friday, April 26 from 7PM to 9PM. The Town of Chapel Hill, with developer Ram Realty Services, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the 140 West Franklin Plaza and dedication of Exhale, the town's most recent public art installation by internationally renowned landscape architect Mikyoung Kim. The event is free and open to all. (Details here.) 
Downtown Partnership Programs & Services
The Downtown Partnership is here to advocate on behalf of the downtown community; our businesses, property owners, and community partners. We can assist property owners in identifying and securing new tenants, assist developers and businesses with locating in our very desirable business district, and partner with all businesses to help them be successful. We offer programs, services, and resources to help your business or organization thrive in downtown. 
Email Meg or Bobby or call 919-967-9440  today for assistance or if you have questions. 
  • Facade Improvement Grant -This year we've granted funds to Ben & Jerry's and Chapel Hill Sportswear to help them improve signage and windows. We have funds available for two more downtown businesses or buildings. The Facade Improvement Grant is a $500 cash match grant. For details and a one-page application please. Details Here.
  • Perka Loyalty Program- Perka is a service geared towards small merchants to retain customers. When customers make a purchase, they earn punches (much like a coffee card) to earn perks after a certain amount of purchases - all done via an app on your smartphone.  This is all done in apps to make the same software work across 
    businesses in the community. Currently six businesses are participating. The Downtown Partnership is offering six more merchants the opportunity to participate for the first six months for free! Details Here.
  • Guide and Map -The beautiful weather and numerous community events bring tourists, campus visitors, and locals galore to our downtown. Help them navigate downtown and find your business much easier! The Downtown Guide and Map is brochure-size, and available to all businesses and organizations for FREE! Call us at 919-967-9440 and we'll drop some off at your business today.
  • Special event sponsorship and promotional opportunities. We are now seeking sponsors for the updated Downtown Business Guide & Map and LOCALLY GROWN Summer Movie & Music Series. 
CHDP Logo 2011
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit agency 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. 
We do this through strong partnerships with many community organizations and individuals like you!  Visit or call us at 919-967-9440.
Meg McGurk - Executive Director - 
Bobby Funk -  Assistant Director - 
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