About Us



Mission:

The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center works in regions, counties, cities, towns, downtown districts and in designated North Carolina Main Street communities, to inspire placemaking through building asset-based economic development strategies that achieve measurable results such as investment, business growth, and jobs.

About NC Main Street

NC Main Street is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program. Main Street America™ has helped revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years.  Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

The NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center is charged by the NC Department of Commerce to facilitate downtown economic development, using the Main Street America Four Point Approach.  NC Main Street staff provide strategic downtown economic development planning, technical assistance, program guidance, education and training that achieves measurable results, including investment, business development, and job growth.  In addition to helping communities implement the Main Street Four Point Approach, NC Main Street holds an annual three-day conference, open to anyone interested in downtown revitalization.

The NC Main Street program assists selected communities across the state in restoring economic vitality to their historic downtown. View a map with our designated Main Street and Small Town Main Street communities and the Downtown Associate Community programs.

NC Main Street Program Communities

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 Communities

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 vitality.

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 micropolitan located in Tier 2 and Tier 3 counties and to active North Carolina Main Street communities.

Read the 2017 Main Street Annual Report for the NC Main Street Center's latest activities and accomplishments. 

Contacts

Liz Parham, CMSM
Director, NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center
4346 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4346
Email: lparham@nccommerce.com
Office: (919) 814-4658
Cell:  (919) 805-2067

Naomi Riley

Coordinator, Downtown Services
4346 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4346
Email: naomi.riley@nccommerce.com
Office: (919) 814-4813

Sherry Adams, CMSM

Coordinator, Downtown Programming and Technical Assistance
48 Grove Street, Asheville, NC 27835
Email: sadams@nccommerce.com
Office: (828) 251-6200 ext. 270
Cell:  (828) 747-8218

Charles Halsall  (Chuck)

Coordinator, Downtown Programming and Technical Assistance
105 Pactolus Hwy., Greenville, NC 27835
Email: chalsall@nccommerce.com
Cell: (252) 214-5132

Dan Becker

Main Street Grants Administrator
4346 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4346
Email: dan.becker@nccommerce.com
Office: (919) 814-4668
Cell:  (919) 714-1004

About Rural Planning

Rural Planning staff work throughout the State of North Carolina.  Eight are assigned to work in designated Prosperity Zones.  Staff members work with municipalities, county governments, and other organizations in rural areas to provide strategic economic development planning, plan implementation services, technical support, and training to help them prepare for and respond to potential economic growth opportunities.  Outcomes include improving quality of life and prosperity, building community capacity, and maintaining the character of rural areas.

For a full list of state resources for the eight Prosperity Zones, visit www.nccommerce.com/about-our-department/prosperity-zones-contacts


Contacts

Darren Rhodes, CPM
Rural Planning Program Administrator
Community Economic Development Planner, Piedmont-Triad Prosperity Zone
450 West Hanes Mill Road, Suite 101, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Email:   drhodes@nccommerce.com
Office: (336) 776-6727
Cell:      (336) 618-5117

Karen Smith, AICP
Coordinator, Rural Solutions
48 Grove Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Email:   ksmith@nccommerce.com
Office:  (828) 251-6200
Cell:      (828) 747-1585

Bruce Naegelen
Community Economic Development Planner, North Central Prosperity Zone
8998 US 70 Hwy Business West, Suite 100, Clayton, NC 27520
Email:   bruce.naegelen@nccommerce.com
Cell:      (252) 822-1859

Lee Padrick
Chief Planner

Community Economic Development Planner, Northeast Prosperity Zone
105 Pactolus Hwy. (NC 33), Greenville, NC 27835
Email:   lpadrick@nccommerce.com
Cell:      (252) 565-2060

Mark Sutherland, MSS
Community Economic Development Planner, Southeast Prosperity Zone

1099 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540
Email:   mark.sutherland@nccommerce.com
Cell:      (910) 758-5539

Community Economic Development Planner, Sandhills (South Central) Prosperity Zone
Vacant

Jeff Emory
Community Economic Development Planner, Southwest Prosperity Zone

615 Concord Road, Albemarle, NC 28001
Email:   jeff.emory@nccommerce.com
Office:  (704) 983-4384
Cell:      (704) 984-3666

Ann Bass
ARC Community Economic Development Planner, Western Prosperity Zone

253 Webster Road, Sylva, NC 28779
Email:   ann.bass@nccommerce.com
Cell:      (828) 508-0107

Wesley Barker
ARC Community Economic Development Planner, Northwest Prosperity Zone

801 Statesville Road, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Email:   wesley.barker@nccommerce.com
Cell:      (336) 907-0284

Will Best
Coordinator, Special Projects

4346 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-4346
Email:   wbest@nccommerce.com
Office:  (919) 814-4676

Glen Locascio
GIS Specialist

48 Grove Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Email:   glocascio@nccommerce.com
Office:  (828) 251-6200

Mark Zeigler, AICP
Community Economic Development Planner

127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington, NC 28405
Email:   mzeigler@nccommerce.com
Office:  (910) 796-7268
Cell:      (910) 632-4011





NC Main Street is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program.

As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, NC Main Street helps to lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 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.


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