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Downtown Elon Inc.

The Downtown Board was appointed by the Town Council as a volunteer board to serve Downtown Elon through economic development, beautification, events and to support downtown businesses through its efforts.  In 2021, Downtown Elon Inc was established as a 501c3 to support the growth and enhancement of downtown with the ability to receive grant monies and programs to support the continuing effort to build and sustain a viable downtown.

Our vision:

Downtown Elon is powered by a diverse community of families, professionals, students and retirees. It serves as the center of life-long learning and creative activities for Alamance County, that is enhanced by the energy of Elon University, locally owned restaurants and shops, and a collection of visual art.

Our mission is to optimize downtown opportunities and lead the efforts in and beautification of the downtown district.

Downtown Elon Board Members 

Clark Bennett, Chair

Clark graduated from Elon University (Class of 96). “My family and I have called the Town of Elon our home for twenty-five years. During that time, I have watched our town grow in many positive directions. Several years back I felt led to get involved by promoting smart growth and community engagement between our town and Elon University.  I currently serve on various committees: Town of Elon Planning and Zoning Board, Current Chairperson for the Downtown Development Board, and member of the Town of Elon Downtown Economics Vitality Committee.   As we continue to look at working together between the town and the university, we will continue to make our town a very special place.


Mackenzie Brown, Vice Chair

I serve on the Downtown Board because Elon is near and dear to my heart. Our family has owned businesses and real estate for over 30 years. Growing up around downtown, the University and as a Real Estate agent who has been involved in many transactions, I have seen Elon change by great measures, for the good of course! My goal is continue to help Elon grow and staying involved is key. I am honored to be a part of such an outgoing, hardworking group of people who want to see Elon thrive!



Mark Greene (Town Council, Liaison)

Alderman Mark GreeneMark Greene and his wife Siobhan have lived in the Town of Elon for 21 years. Mark has served on the Town Council for 16 years. He has worked for State Employees Credit Union for 41 years as a Senior Vice-President. Mark serves on the Downtown Elon Board, because he has a vested interest in the Town and wants to see the downtown area become a destination for everyone to enjoy.


Patrick Noltemeyer, member(University Liaison)

Dr. Patrick Noltemeyer serves as Associate Vice President, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Elon University.  A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree from Centre College where he studied Psychology and Sociology, a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Kentucky, and his doctorate in education from the University of Louisville. In 2019, Patrick joined the senior administration and Dr. Connie Book, President of Elon University, as Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. In this role, Patrick coordinates the day-to-day initiatives of President Book and the Office of the President, provides support and guidance for the work of members of the senior administration and serves as the university’s chief liaison to the Board of Trustees. In 2023 Patrick was promoted to Associate Vice President.

Don Scott, member

Don is a graduate of UNC-CH 1972. US Air Force Reserves, 1971-1977. He has beenin the textile business since graduating from Carolina.  He is the CEO of The Ameritech Group, USA, Inc., a textile manufacturing, marketing and sales company.  He and his wife, Sherry have lived in Elon on East College Avenue for the past 34 years.  “We have witnessed the growth of the University and Town, some good, some bad.  My hope is that the Downtown Board can present and develop a strategic plan that will enhance the future growth of our town to benefit our citizens, surrounding area and the University.”


Kimberly Holt, member

As a lifelong resident of Alamance County who has worked in downtown Elon at Pandora’s Pies for over 11 years. She became owner of Pandora’s 3 years ago.  “I am excited about where things are heading, and I will continue to work as hard as I can to improve the charm and vitality of our awesome district. I am particularly proud of the high-quality, high-impact female-run businesses in this area.”



Phil Smith, member

Jill Avillion, member


Jill Weston, Staff Liaison
Downtown Development Director
104 S Williamson Ave
Elon, NC 27244