of the

Holiday Meeting

Thursday, December 3

at the new Carolina Ale House


Jed Simmons is our special guest speaker for the 2015 Holiday Gathering of the Friends, discussing his broad range of experiences in entrepreneurship, academia and corporate development. Jed is the Media, Communication, and Technology Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurship at UNC Chapel Hill.

Formerly, he was Global Head of News Content Partnerships for YouTube, funded channels team leader for YouTube in Europe, and co-founder of Next New Networks, one of the first companies to build original channels and programing on YouTube. Google acquired Next New Networks in 2011. Jed is a graduate of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and Duke University where he majored in Public Policy. 

An interesting Question & Answer session will follow his presentation.

This year’s Holiday Gathering takes place at the new Carolina Ale House at 419 West Franklin Street. Town Parking Lots are available on either side of the Ale House next to Lantern or next to 411 West, and elsewhere downtown. Coffee and conversation begins at 9:30, with news of the Downtown and our speaker starting promptly at 10 a.m.

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

Carolina Ale House

419 West Franklin St reet
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Click here for directions


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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