President’s Message


February 5, 2016 by  
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Diane Young

It has been a true pleasure to serve as President of the North Carolina Downtown Development Association for the last two years. It is also an exciting time as the gavel is passed on to our new President, Julie Metz, Executive Director of the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation. Julie’s talents, energy and passion will serve the NCDDA well as we embark on several new initiatives while wrapping up some pivotal projects, such as the formation of our 501(c)(4).

I would like to thank Julie and the entire NCDDA Board for their hard work and support as we made great strides in positioning ourselves as the leading state-wide non-profit organization focused on downtown development. Our message has become loud and clear – downtown development IS economic development. Check out our economic impact numbers in the Downtown Day article found on page 3.

Exciting times are ahead as we capitalize on the movement to reestablish downtowns as the heartbeat of our communities, creative centers where everyone seeks to work, play and live. I wish you much success in all your downtown endeavors.

Diane Young, Immediate Past President
Executive Director, Concord Downtown Development Corporation

Julie Metz

Thanks to Diane, I am in the optimum position for an incoming President because, as she concludes her term, she is leaving NCDDA in a position of opportunity, strength and support. Diane has contributed much to NCDDA over the past two years, such as tackling the historic preservation tax credit challenges, negotiating proposed MSD legislation, laying the foundation for the creation of a NCDDA 501(c)(4) affiliate and many organizational changes/additions that will serve us well as we strive to help improve the capacity of our individual downtowns and their collective impact to the overall state economy. Of course, she did not do it alone but she certainly led us well.

I am truly honored to accept this position and look forward to working with the wonderful team of NCDDA, a team that continues to challenge themselves to be relevant, purposeful, effective, and adept to helping the profession and efforts of downtown development. We are blessed to have so many wonderful downtowns across the State, each unique, each important and each able to serve our communities in a multitude of ways. My hope is that I am able to continue enabling the Board to be their best and achieve their ambitions to benefit downtowns. I look forward to the work ahead demonstrating that downtowns can be an extremely powerful economic tool in the overall strategy to make North Carolina an economically strong state attracting growth through diversity, energy, desirability and creativity.

Julie Metz, Incoming President
Goldsboro Downtown Development Director & Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation Executive Director