Downtown Chapel Hill

Where the Town Comes to Life


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 of Friends of the Downtown 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:

Joining the Friends of the Downtown has been a great way to expand my professional network and has been a great way to get involved with the community.

Liz Templeton

Owner, True Design, LLC

Board of Directors

Pat Evans – Chair

Josh Gurlitz – Vice-chair

Bob Ward – Treasurer

Sue Koenigshofer

Gordon Merklein

Bonnie O’Quinn

Dina Rousset

Michael Parker

Wes Pope


Meeting Spaces

The Franklin Hotel – regular location

Mediterranean Deli – alternate location

Website Design

Liz Templeton, True Design, website design

Sue Koenigshofer, SCK Design, website design

Elaine O’Neil Textile Collage, art

Dream Host, website hosting

Gregg Gerdau, Matador Advisors, business and technical support