The North Carolina Main Street program is a proven and successful economic development method that has renewed interest, energy and prosperity in the central business districts of small and large communities across the state. Main Street Math is a play on words that highlights milestones that have been achieved through the North Carolina Main Street program over the last 40 years.
Main Street Math: 3 + 27 = 40. 3 represents $3.2 billion in public and private investment that has been made in North Carolina Main Street and Small Town Main Street communities since the inception of the Main Street program in 1980; 27 signifies a net gain of more than 27,000 jobs that have been created in our North Carolina downtown districts through the Main Street program; and 40 represents the forty years that the State of North Carolina has been working in partnership with local communities to revitalize downtowns through the implementation of the National Main Street Center’s Main Street America™ program. North Carolina was fortunate to be one of the first of six states selected to participate in the program, and today the state has one of the largest and most active programs in the entire country.
The 2020 North Carolina Main Street conference will explore the impact of the program over the past forty years and will look to the future for forthcoming areas of engagement. This nineteen-year-old event is the largest statewide downtown revitalization conference in the country, and it brings together all individuals and parties interested in economic growth and success for downtown communities. Attendees to the annual North Carolina Main Street conference include downtown economic development professionals, elected officials and local government staff, volunteers, business and property owners, consultants, vendors and sponsors that are all involved in the betterment of downtown districts and rural communities.
This milestone conference will be held in historic New Bern, North Carolina. As one of the original Main Street programs in both the country and the state, New Bern is the perfect host community for the conference as they have experienced tremendous success with their downtown initiatives over the past 40 years. New Bern launched its Main Street program in 1980 and has achieved more than $338 million in investment, subsequently creating 174 businesses and renovating more than 250 buildings. The beautifully renovated New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, which flooded during Hurricane Florence in 2018, has recently reopened and will serve as the headquarters for the conference. While in town, we encourage you to visit Tryon Palace, explore the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, walk through the NC History Center, enjoy the local cuisine, do a little shopping with the local merchants, and watch the sunrise and sunset over the convergence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in downtown New Bern.
Inspiring keynote addresses and break-out sessions with experienced presenters will provide you with new knowledge that you will be able to take home and use to implement changes right away. The North Carolina Main Street conference offers the most innovative approaches to downtown revitalization and redevelopment available in the state and perhaps in the southeast.
We’ll see you in New Bern in March!
2020 NC MAIN STREET CONFERENCE
CONFERENCE SESSION SCHEDULE
Thank you to our host City of New Bern. We know hosting our conference takes a lot of work and collaboration.
We are very excited to be in New Bern. Keep checking back to see updates such as things to do and places to stay while in town for the conference.