About DDI

Downtown Durham, Inc.


Downtown Durham, Inc. (DDI) is a 501(c) 6 organization, formed in 1993 to serve as a catalyst for downtown revitalization. Since then Downtown Durham, Inc., has sought to build a foundation for the future of downtown. Our mission is very specific—create an environment for private development in Downtown Durham by focusing our efforts in five main project areas:

  • Economic Development
  • Parking
  • Appearance
  • Safety
  • Promotion

Become a Partner

Help us revitalize Downtown Durham! Becoming a DDI Partner in Progress allows you to get involved with one of the most dramatic downtown transformations in the country!


General Advisory Committee

DDI’s General Advisory Committee is made up of downtown stakeholders that advise DDI on bigger picture issues such as downtown events, marketing, safety, economic development and more.

Complete a General Advisory Committee Application

Clean and Safe Advisory Committee

DDI manages the Downtown Improvement District, which brings enhanced services in the areas of economic development, marketing/promotion, appearance, safety, and special events. We manage a 7 person Clean and Safe Ambassador Team, which is e on the ground 6 days a week performing clean, safe, and hospitality services.
The purpose of the Downtown Clean and Safe Advisory Council is to provide feedback and render advice with respect to the operation of Downtown Improvement District’s Clean and Safe Ambassador services. The Council meets quarterly, with each meeting expected to last 1-2 hours. Members of the Clean and Safe Advisory Council will serve two year terms.

If you have an interest in serving on the Clean & Safe Advisory Council please complete an application and return it to Matthew Coppedge at matthew@downtowndurham.com. Once we receive your application we will contact you to follow up.

Download a Clean and Safe Advisory Committee Application


DDI Office Location

115 Market St, Suite 213
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-682-2800

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Third Friday Durham

Explore downtown Durham’s galleries, artist studios, shops, restaurants and music, from 6-9 p.m. every Third Friday. Get to know the dynamic crop of local buskers around every corner, playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This month: Alice Osborn,  Mysti Mayhem, Juliana Bedhead Finch, Matt Grady, Alex Weiss, and Luis Del Río. Sponsored by Downtown Durham Inc. FREE


Check out the Facebook Event Page

Check out the Third Friday Map

Third Friday Durham Map June 2017



Board of Directors

    • Tucker Bartlett

      Self-Help Credit Union

    • Anna Branly

      The Cupcake Bar

    • Jessica Brock

      Longfellow Real Estate Partners

    • Ellen Cassilly

      Ellen Cassilly Architects

    • Elaine Curry

      Empress Development, LLC

    • Robert Emerson

      Emerson Land Planning, PLLC

    • Indira Everett

      Duke Energy Carolinas

    • Brenda Howerton

      Durham County Commission

    • Scott Harmon

      Center Studio Architecture, PLLC

    • Sandi Haynes

      Non-profit Executive Search Consultant

    • Doug Henderson-James

      DCP CoHousing Community, LLC

    • John Hodges-Copple

      Triangle J Council of Governments

    • Ryan Hurley

      Vert & Vogue

    • Courtney James, Chair

      Urban Durham Realty

    • Jillian Johnson

      City Council

    • Adam Klein

      American Underground

    • Jeff Miller

      Davis Moore Capital

    • Cicely Mitchell

      Art of Cool

    • Bryson Powell

      East West Partners

    • Gloria Shealey

      The Daniele Company

    • James H. Sills, III

      Mechanics and Farmers Bank

    • Paul Smith

      Austin Lawrence Partners East

    • Mark Stanford

      Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc

    • Lucy Stokes

      Somerset Partners

    • Herbert “Eugene” Tatum, III

      Attorney at Law