Raleigh, N.C.

North Carolina Commerce announced today that the Town of Warrenton has been awarded up to $50,000 from the Main Street Solutions Fund.

“The North Carolina Main Street Center continues to be a great way to provide assistance to revitalize communities throughout the state,” said Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III. “We are pleased to not only preserve historic buildings in Warrenton but also to help create new jobs.”

“The project in Warrenton expands an existing quilting shop and training center that attracts students from North Carolina and Virginia,” said Liz Parham, North Carolina Main Street Center Director.  “With this grant the business now has a campus of three historic buildings in downtown Warrenton.”

Warrenton, along with other Main Street and Small Town Main Street communities in North Carolina, is successfully following the principles of the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach to downtown revitalization.   North Carolina Main Street and Small Town Main Street have experienced 2.2 billion in public and private investment and a net gain of more than 19,000 jobs since the inception of the program in 1980.

The N.C. Main Street program, utilizes the Four-Point Approach methodology, a comprehensive downtown revitalization process focused on organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring that was developed by the National Main Street Center. 

In 2014, North Carolina Main Street downtown districts generated 248 new businesses, 110 existing business expansions, 1,011 new jobs, 327 façade rehabilitations and 351 building rehabilitations.  Volunteers recorded more than 104,246 hours.  

For additional information about the Main Street Solutions Fund, visit www.nccommerce.com/MainStreet, or contact Ed Davis, Grants Administrator at 919 715-0531.

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