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Next Meeting:

Stan Morris, American Red Cross
Thursday, April 30

Stan Morris, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Central North Carolina
, will lead an interactive discussion with several local business people about the business value their companies receive from partnering with the Red Cross and  the customer and community impact these activities generate. Don't miss learning about numerous opportunities your business has to partner with the Red Cross as well as help so many others.

This month the news of the Downtown wii be presented by Meg McGurk, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. April's gathering will also feature news of Downtown start-ups with Dina Mills, Program Manager of Launch Chapel Hill.

Coffee at 9:30 am    |    Free Meeting at 10 am

The  Franklin Hotel, second floor
311 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Bus:  W Franklin St at Kenan St   |   Free parking

Free parking available in the lot behind the Franklin Hotel (ONLY on the side facing the hotel) and in the hotel's gated lots as available. Parking is also available in the Town lots behind Chipotle and off Rosemary below 140 West.


The mission of Friends of the Downtown is to develop and promote downtown Chapel Hill as a place for community interaction and economic vitality.

The focus is on economic growth, job creation, co-marketing opportunities, increasing influence with local government and increasing the awareness of Downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Franklin Street is the core of the downtown, hence our website name:




Whimsical views of Downtown Chapel Hill


SCK Design



Elaine O'Neil Textile Collages

Candidate Forum:

Gregg Gerdau  

Remember to Shop Downtown!

Thanks to the many Downtown Merchants who have donated door prizes for our meetings.

Click for a list of our great Downtown merchants.

Parking Information and Map

There now is free night parking at a number of downtown lots. For a map and complete listing of lots and costs, meters and valet parking go to



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