About DDI




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

Master Plan



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 info@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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City of Durham
Durham County
Durham Chamber of Commerce
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau


Third Friday Durham


Spring is almost is here! Explore downtown Durham’s galleries, artist studios, shops, restaurants and music, from 6-9 p.m. every Third Friday. It’s Third Friday Durham. Get to know the dynamic crop of local buskers around every corner, playing from new “spring forward” time of 6:30-8:30 p.m. This month: Robinson Lee EarleCaitlin WashburnAshesh Ananda ChatterjeeStephen MunozLuke DingfelderGlenn Jones and Luis Del Río Music. Sponsored by Downtown Durham Inc. www.downtowndurham.com

Sponsored by Downtown Durham Inc. www.downtowndurham.com


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Board of Directors

    • Lew Myers

      Board Chair

    • Anna Branly

      The Cupcake Bar

    • Jessica Brock

      Longfellow Real Estate Partners

    • Ellen Cassilly

      Ellen Cassilly Architects

    • James R. Easthom

      Kennon Craver, Attorneys at Law

    • 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

    • Shannon Healey

      Alley 26

    • Doug Henderson-James

      DCP CoHousing Community, LLC

    • John Hodges-Copple

      Triangle J Council of Governments

    • Ryan Hurley

      Vert & Vogue

    • Courtney James

      Urban Durham Realty

    • Jillian Johnson

      City Council

    • Adam Klein

      American Underground

    • Cicely Mitchell

      Art of Cool

    • Bryson Powell

      East West Partners

    • Scott Selig

      Duke University

    • Gloria Shealey

      The Daniele Company

    • Craig Shipley

      The Durham Hotel

    • James H. Sills, III

      Mechanics and Farmers Bank

    • Mark Stanford

      Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc

    • Lucy Stokes

      Somerset Partners

    • Herbert “Eugene” Tatum, III

      Attorney at Law

    • Larry Tilley

      Acme Plumbing