Program Guidance: Assists communities in developing a local program to manage the process of revitalization and helps them to develop a community-based vision for action. This includes assisting in organizational development and board training as well as supporting the development of goals, objectives and work plans. The Center provides on-going program evaluation and manager and board guidance.
Technical Assistance: Provides technical assistance in the areas of organizational development, real estate development, market analysis, business retention and creation, promotion, and design, among others. Design consultations and renderings are available to property owners to encourage facade renovation and reinvestment.
Training: Offers training in the Main Street Four-Point Approach, real estate and business development, design and organizational development. Regional meetings, Main Street Director meetings, Main Street orientation and Main Street 101 basic training are held around the state where new trends and skills are available to program participants.
Networking: Through participation in the North Carolina Main Street program, communities have access not only to other in-state programs but also to more than 1,400 communities across the country that are participating in Main Street. By sharing the lessons learned, communities can avoid many of the pitfalls and invest their resources more wisely.
Advocacy and Leadership: Functions as a clearinghouse for ideas and success stories from which all can benefit. Staff members participate in local, regional and national events to promote the importance of downtown revitalization and many successes of the North Carolina participants.