The meeting was held at Roots Bakery, Bistro and Bar on East Franklin Street, where staff presented a “Chapel Hill By the Numbers” data report on development conditions downtown.
This report presents economic data from 2015 that was tracked with a database developed by Bobby Funk, assistant director with the Downtown Partnership.
Funk said the database allows the partnership to track information and figures on business openings, closings, retention, mix and value.
“We have work to do, but with this data we have a great baseline to judge ourselves with going forward,” he said.
The report states that the Downtown Partnership was able to assist 487 businesses with comprehensive resources, was able to welcome 15 new businesses to the downtown area and was able to provide nine businesses with grants for facility improvements in 2015.
Meg McGurk, Downtown Partnership executive director, said these figures show that an increasing number of businesses are turning to the partnership for resources.
“It just drives home that, clearly, downtown is the place our community wants to go to celebrate and be entertained,” McGurk said.
Sup Dogs restaurant owner Bret Oliverio was a guest speaker at the meeting. Oliverio talked about Sup Dog’s inception and about how the Downtown Partnership has supported the restaurant.