Main Street & Rural Planning Announcements

We're excited to launch our newest feature, where you can learn more about how our Main Street staff and Rural Planners are assisting local communities.

Check back soon for more announcements!


7/27/2018
During June the NC Main Street staff performed site visits in the eighty-three NC Main Street and Small Town Main Street communities. The team met with local Mayors, Town Managers, Downtown Directors, Town Staff and Local Board Members. read more...


7/25/2018
The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center and the North Carolina Downtown Development Association (NCDDA), recently facilitated a Northwest Prosperity Zone Regional Meeting in Newton, with Main Street and Small Town Main Street communities. read more...


7/25/2018
The Grand Re-opening of the Historic Clay County Courthouse/Beal Center took place on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 11 am with an estimated crowd of over 300 in attendance.  read more...


7/25/2018
To introduce readers to the Prosperity Zone planners, the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center newsletter will include profiles of Prosperity Zone planners, beginning with this issue. Jeff Emory has worked for the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center as a Community Economic Development Planner for the Southwest Prosperity Zone since May of 2017. The Southwest Prosperity Zone extends from Cleveland County on the west to Anson County on the east. Its northernmost counties are Iredell and Rowan, while its southern limit coincides with the South Carolina state line. The Zone contains 10 counties and approximately 85 municipalities. Jeff’s office is in the City of Albemarle in Stanly County.  read more...


7/24/2018
Wesley Barker of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Rural Development Division, graduated in May from the Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI), an intensive, three-month training program designed for rural community leaders. read more...


7/24/2018
The North Carolina Main Street and Rural Planning Center selected Angier, Elon and Laurinburg to become North Carolina Main Street Communities, a designation municipalities earn upon meeting certain downtown development requirements. This designation was announced today by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s North Carolina Main Street and Rural Planning Center. The designation became effective July 1, 2018. read more...


7/20/2018
The North Carolina Main Street and Rural Planning Center selected Whiteville for its Downtown Associate Community Program, Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today. Beginning in September, Whiteville will receive three years of downtown technical assistance services from the Center. Upon successful completion of the program and fulfillment of the North Carolina Main Street requirements, Whiteville may have the opportunity to advance to official Main Street status. read more...


7/19/2018
The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center and the North Carolina Downtown Development Association (NCDDA), recently facilitated a North Central Prosperity Zone Regional Meeting in Wilson, with Main Street and Small Town Main Street communities. Downtown Development Director, Kimberly Van Dyk, lead a tour that showcased the art and technology-based economic development strategies that are attracting interest, investment and business development in the downtown district.  read more...


5/14/2018
During Small Business Week, Governor Roy Cooper visited several businesses in Downtown New Bern. Surf, Wind and Fire, a surf-inspired outdoor specialty shop with a focus on surfing, skating, hiking, and camping was on the tour.  read more...


5/14/2018
Liz Parham, director of the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center, conducted a program assessment and site visit with Marin Tomlin, Executive Director of the Downtown Statesville Development Corporation. Highlights include the award-winning streetscape improvement project, wayfinding signage, the art park, and new businesses that have opened in downtown. read more...




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