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Downtown Strong Initiative

Post Date:02/27/2019 10:58 AM

The North Carolina Department of Commerce is investing $260,000 in Downtown Strong, a program to build local government capacity by providing economic development planning and revitalization resources and guidance.  The program is a result of feedback gleaned from Governor Cooper's Hometown Strong  Initiative.  Downtown Strong will operate out of the Department of Commerce's Main Street and Rural Planning Center. 

The Main Street and Rural Planning Center provides technical assistance services to communities that are revitalizing and preserving their traditional downtown commercial districts as mixed-use centers of activity. Downtown Strong will assist communities that are not yet part of the formal Main Street  program or that have needs outside the traditional program.  

Downtown Strong will provide a downtown assessment of each participating community, as well as staff training, technical assistance and other resources.  Services and resources will use the Main Street AmericaTM   approach, which establishes economic development strategies and implementation plans through economic vitality, design, promotion and organization actions. The traditional Main Street program includes a Downtown Associate Community program for smaller communities or those just starting revitalization efforts. Downtown  Strong will help interested communities prepare to become Downtown Associate Communities or will help them prosper on their own.  

 The program is available to all eligible communities in North Carolina. 

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