RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – Ayden and Williamston are among nine communities in North Carolina achieving Main Street Status.
“The new Main Street communities will serve as role models for other municipalities interested in downtown revitalization,” said Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III. “If you can show just one great building reuse in a downtown center, more revitalization projects follow and that means many news jobs.”
Both town’s Main street directors will get additional training and resources from the NC Main Street Center to organize their down town revitalization work in accordance with the Main Street Four-Point ® program.
The programs are based on an approach to downtown revitalization developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The approach calls for downtowns to build on existing assets such as cultural and architectural heritage, local businesses and community pride. It focuses on four points: Organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.
The other towns named today, include Benson, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Elizabethtown, Tryon, Valdese and Waxhaw. These municipalities join 56 other active Main Street communities. In 2014, North Carolina Main Street downtown districts generated 248 new businesses, 110 business expansions, and 1,011 new jobs.
“We are proud of these nine communities along with their downtown revitalization committees,” said NC Main Street Center Director Liz Parham. “In addition to their day-to-day work, Benson, Tryon, Valdese and Williamston are also recipients of Main Street Solutions Funds that they successfully used to leverage building rehabilitations that resulted in business creation and expansion projects. We wish them continued success.”
For more information about the NC Main Street Center programming, http://www.nccommerce.com/MainStreet, or contact Liz Parham, director of the NC Main Street Center, at (919) 715-0527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.