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


Communications & Website

Liz Templeton, True Design, website design

Sue Koenigshofer, SCK Design, website design

Elaine O’Neil Textile Collage, art

Gregg Gerdau, Carolina Coworking, communications, social media, technical & business advisor

Dream Host, website hosting