About Us

Read the 2015 Main Street Annual Report for the NC Main Street Center's latest activities and accomplishments.

The NC Main Street program assists selected communities across the state in restoring economic vitality to their historic downtowns. Using a comprehensive downtown revitalization process developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation. View a map with our designated Main Street and Small Town Main Street communities and the Downtown Associate Community programs.

Main Street staff provides technical assistance, guidance and training to participating communities. While grant funds for specific projects occasionally become available, Main Street is a self-help program, and it is up to local communities to provide the human and financial resources necessary to operate their downtown programs.

NC Main Street Program

Current active Main Street communities were selected through a competitive application process. Eligible communities must have had a certified population under 50,000 at the time of their application to the program and committed to hiring a full-time (population 5,000 and over) or part-time (population below 5,000) downtown manager and providing funding for operating the program. The NC Main Street Center will no longer be taking in any new Main Street communities since our organization has  restructured the way in which North Carolina communities can become affiliated with the Center for downtown revitalization services (see Downtown Associate Community Program page).

NC Small Town Main Street Program

Based on the same concepts as the original Main Street program, Small Town Main Street offers downtown revitalization assistance to the state's very smallest communities. Small Town Main Street serves selected towns throughout the state that lack the resources to hire professional downtown managers. The NC Main Street Center team works closely with committees within these communities, providing technical assistance and helping facilitate local initiatives in the areas of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring.

The Small Town Main Street program selected new communities through a competitive application process.  Only communities with a certified population of less than 7,500 were eligible to apply. The NC Main Street Center will no longer be taking in any new Small Town Main Street communities since our organization has  restructured the way in which North Carolina communities can become affiliated with the Center for downtown revitalization services (see Downtown Associate Community Program page).

Main Street Solutions Fund

The Main Street Solutions Fund provides economic development planning assistance and coordinated grant support to designated micropolitans located in Tier 2 and Tier 3 counties and to active North Carolina Main Street communities.

Contacts

  • Liz Parham, CMSM, Director, NC Main Street Center
    4346 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-4346
    Email: lparham@nccommerce.com
    Telephone: (919) 814-4658
  • Sherry Adams, CMSM
    Coordinator, Downtown Programming and Technical Assistance
    Small Town Main Street (Western N.C.)
    31 College Place, Building B, Asheville, NC 28801
    Email: sadams@nccommerce.com
    Telephone: (828) 251-6914
  • Ed Davis
    Main Street Solutions Fund Grant Administrator
    4346 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-4346
    Email: edward.davis@nccommerce.com
    Telephone: (919) 814-4668
  • W. Stephanie Richardson
    Coordinator, Downtown Services
    4346 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4346
    Email: srichardson@nccommerce.com
    Telephone: (919) 814-4669

NC Main Street is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program. As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, NC Main Street is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of 45 Coordinating Programs and over 1600 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

National Trust for Historic Preservation,® Main Street® and Four-Point Approach® are registered trademarks of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


end of section