The collaboration began in spring 2013 and works to reduce the negative effects of high-risk drinking in Chapel Hill neighborhoods, downtown and the University.
The collaboration includes the town of Chapel Hill, the Orange County Health Department, UNC and the Orange County ABC Commission.
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership will employ the director and provide office space for him or her.
“The position we all agreed to fund was in response to work done and a report issued by the Town and Gown Task Force to reduce alcohol misuse,” Colleen Bridger, director of the Orange County Health Department, said.
“The project will go into effect as soon as we hire the project manager,” she said.
Barbara Alvarez Martin, leader of the Town/Gown Advisory Board, said she hopes to have the project manager position filled by the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Each entity will put forward $30,000 annually to pay for the salary of the coalition director as well as the costs of the project.
The total budget for the town/gown collaborative is $120,000 per year.