Save the Date – May 17 Downtown Day

March 27, 2017 by  
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Downtown Day
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
11:30 to 2:00 pm – Come When You Can
Halifax Mall  Downtown Raleigh
A Lunch Social with State Representatives, Downtown Professionals, Partners & Friends

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Lt. Governor Dan Forest & Majority Leader John Bell

Catered By Wilber’s B BQ of Goldsboro, NC
On the Menu:  Pig on the Grill, Chopped BBQ, Fried Chicken, Slaw, Hush Puppies, Banana Pudding, Peach Cobbler, &  Sweet/Unsweet Tea

RSVP By May 12 at 5:00 pm to: or (910) 299-4904

Hosted by NC Downtown Development Association
NCDDA works on behalf of downtowns across the State to represent their interests related to policies, codes and regulations to assure that downtown leaders have the tools necessary to reach their economic development goals for our communities.

Statewide Survey – Take it Now!

March 14, 2017 by  
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The NCDDA Board of Director’s needs your assistance in collecting important data about your downtown by March 15. We are preparing a statewide database that will capture the collective impact downtown revitalization has on the State’s economy. The database will be utilized to prepare an informative and succinct document and other educational materials for wide distribution to elected officials and our membership. The Board of Director’s focus is to share this important information with the North Carolina General Assembly.

Respondents should make this a twelve-month snapshot, whichever reporting year they use (either July 2015 – June 2016, or calendar year 2016).

If you are a Main Street town a majority of this info can be pulled directly from your most recent statistics submitted to the North Carolina Main Street Program.

Please complete this form by March 15. Questions may be directed to Bianca Shoneman at

You can also click on this link:

NC Main Street in Shelby

March 14, 2017 by  
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Join us for the NC Main Street Conference in Shelby from March 14 – 16, 2017.  NCDDA is a legacy sponsor this year.  For more information go to:


NC Main Street Regional Meetings

September 28, 2016 by  
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NC Main Street has extended an invitation to all NCDDA members to attend their regional meetings, regardless of your affiliation with the NC Main Street Program.  Please see dates and times below.

If you do plan to attend, please RSVP Stephanie Richardson at

October Regional Meetings:

October 11 – MS/STMS/NCDDA Piedmont Triad Regional Meeting (Lexington)
2 N. Main Street – (Above Visitors Center) 27292

October 12 – MS/STMS/NCDDA Northwest Regional Meeting (Lenoir)
801 West Avenue NW (*location may change)

October 13 – MS/STMS/NCDDA Southwest Regional Meeting (Monroe)
City Hall – Large Conference room, 300 W. Crowell Street, 28112

October 17 – MS/STMS/NCDDA North Central Regional Meeting (Roxboro)
Kirby Cultural Arts Complex, 213 N. Main Street, 27573

October 18 – MS/STMS/NCDDA Northeast Regional Meeting (Williamston)
Martin County Arts Council, 124 Washington Street, 27892

October 19 – MS/STMS/NCDDA Sandhills & Southeast Regional Meeting (Elizabethtown)
Town Hall, 805 West Broad Street, 28337

October 20 – MS/STMS/NCDDA Western Regional Meeting (Forest City)
108 East Main Street, 28043

NCDDA Board of Directors meet in Sylva

September 28, 2016 by  
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sylva_downtownThe NCDDA Board of Directors met for their quarterly meeting in Sylva on August 12, 2106.  The Board held its meeting at the Evolution Wine & Coffee Bar.  The Board finalized the budget for the current fiscal year and began making plans for its November retreat.  While the Board discussed many important business items, the Board focused attention of beginning preparations for the Annual Meeting and Downtown Day next year.  The Board also continued discussions on the establishment of an affiliate 501 (c)(4) to expand the organizations influence on issues that matter most to our downtown’s.  More information will follow soon.


2016 Board of Directors Nominations

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Call for 2016 Board of Director Nominations

The Nominating Committee of NCDDA is seeking nominations for the following Board positions:

• Secretary
• Vice President – Education
• Associate Director – Professional Member
• Associate Director – Corporate Member
• Associate Director – Community Member
• Associate Director – Associate Member
• Regional Director – Region #1 (Mountain Region)
• Regional Director – Region #5 (Northern Coastal Plain)
• Regional Director – Region #6 (Eastern Piedmont)
• Regional Director – Region #7 (Western Piedmont)
• Large Cities Director

The term-of-office for those elected is July 1, 2016-June 30, 2018.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, June 3, 2016.

If you are interested in nominating one of our colleagues (or if you have an interest in running) for any of the vacant positions, please read through the nomination packet/form and send in your nominations. You may also enter nominees online below. Click Here to view the REGIONAL MAP.

CLICK HERE: NCDDA Call for Nominations 2016

Online Nominations:

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May 4, 2016 by  
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Planning for Downtown Day 2017 is underway.  Check back soon.


Downtown Day was a great success!  Thanks to all of those that attended.  Click Here to view the slide presentation.

NCDDA will hold its second annual Downtown Day with the legislature in Raleigh on May 18. In addition to the Downtown Day activities and visits with legislators, NCDDA will hold an annual meeting of the organization. The event will be located at the Parker Poe law office located in PNC Plaza, 301 Fayetteville Street, 14th Floor. Click Here to see the program for the day.

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10:30 – Networking
11:00 – Keynote Speaker
11:45 – President’s Report
12:00 – Lunch on your own

BenchmarkPlanning_DanDouglasOur Downtown Day/Annual Meeting keynote speaker is Daniel Douglas, AICP.

Dan specializes in downtown master planning, urban revitalization, entertainment districts and sustainable economic development. Dan has prepared master plans for downtowns across the country and internationally including Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Concord, NC, Long Beach, CA, Anchorage, AK, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

His public sector experience includes seven years with the City of Raleigh, where he founded and served as Director of the city’s Urban Design Center. While in this leadership position, Dan led the city’s downtown planning effort that leveraged over $2.5 billion dollars of private investment. In 2008, Mr. Douglas was honored as the recipient of the inaugural Downtown Advocate Award from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

In private practice, Dan founded the Urban Planning and Design Studio at KlingStubbins Architects and led the southeast practice for the Jacobs Advance Planning Group. In recent years, Dan has focused on international urban design projects, planning large scale “new city” projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Morocco. In his current position, Dan leads the Urban Design practice at Benchmark Planning in Charlotte, NC.

Dan is a 1997 graduate of Clemson University’s Master in City and Regional Planning program and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2001. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of urban design and downtown revitalization, with frequent engagements at national and international conferences, professional seminars, educational workshops and media appearances. Dan’s projects have won numerous local, state and national awards from professional associations such as the International Downtown Association, American Planning Association, the International City/County Management Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Legislative 101 – NC Main Street Presentation

April 22, 2016 by  
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If you missed the “Legislative 101” presentation at the NC Main Street Conference or you want to see it again, we now have it posted on YouTube.

NCDDA Board of Directors Retreat

November 3, 2015 by  
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On Friday, November 13th, the NCDDA Board of Directors will gather in downtown Raleigh to hold their annual retreat and quarterly business meeting. In addition to reviewing the progress toward achieving the priorities established by the Board at the previous year’s retreat, the Board would like your feedback on topics and issues that matter most to the NCDDA membership.

Please take the time to respond to the email that was posted to the NCDDA listserv and let the Board of Directors know ways that the organization can be improved to better serve you and the membership as a whole. The Board wants your input. If you missed the email, please contact Jason Epley with questions or to request a link to the survey at:

Also, you are encouraged to directly contact any of the Board Members to express your thoughts and ideas. Thank you in advance for your participation in the survey to help the Board of Directors continue to improve services to the membership and the overall effectiveness and operations of the organization.

2015 Legislative Summary

October 3, 2015 by  
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The NCDDA has been hard at work this budget cycle to ensure that we are advocating for the needs of our members across the state.  The state budget included several items of importance for our members, most notably a modified historic preservation tax credit, an amendment to municipal service district legislation, and the funding of the Main Street Solutions Fund.  Thank you all for your work to reach out to your legislators and share with them the needs of our downtowns throughout the state; without the widespread effort that was made, I am certain that the results would’ve been very different.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits (page 409 of Budget)
This budget introduces a modified historic preservation tax credit with a base credit of 15% for income-producing rehabilitation projects with expenses of up to $10 million and 10% for income-producing rehabilitation projects with expenses of between $10 million and $20 million.  Projects in a tier one or two area or on an eligible targeted investment site will be eligible for an additional 5% credit.

A credit of 15%  is available to taxpayers with rehabilitation expenses of more than $10,000 for non-income producing historic structures with a cap of $22, 500 in total credits per project.

This is a great win for our historic buildings and downtowns throughout the state, and can certainly be attributed to the work of the NCDDA’s members and partners across the state in showcasing the benefits, as well as the opportunities that still exist.
Municipal Service Districts (page 292 of Budget)
If services are provided to the district by a private agency or governmental agency other than the municipality, a contract must be issued specifying the purposes for which city moneys are to be used for that service district and requiring an appropriate accounting for those moneys at the end of each fiscal year or other appropriate period.

Prior to entering into a contract, the municipality shall solicit input from residents and property owners within the district regarding the needs of the district, use a bid process to determine which private agency is best suited to achieve the needs of the district based on criteria set by the municipality, and hold a public hearing.  Once the municipality determines the appropriate agency to provide services to the district, a contract of up to five years may be issued.  The municipality will require an annual report, by presentation in a city council meeting and in written report regarding the needs of the service district, completed projects, and pending projects.  The private agency must also seek input of the district’s property owners and residents on an annual basis.

There should be no accumulation of excess funds beyond that necessary to meet current needs, fund long-range plans and goals, and maintain a reasonable fund balance.  Moneys collected shall be used only for meeting the needs of the service district, as those needs are determined by the city.

This municipal service district amendment is a significant improvement on the language that was initially introduced and subsequent versions, which would have allowed a vote of residents within MSDs to abolish the district, allowed property owners to request to opt out of the MSD, and required annual contracts (and bidding) for MSD service providers.  The NCDDA’s quick responses to each version of this amendment and the concerted effort made by members across the state had a tremendous impact on the evolution of this language during deliberations.

Main Street Solutions Fund (page 292 of Budget)
Provides $2 million for the Main Street Solutions Fund for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, with $1.1 million allocated for specific projects and $900,000 available for local governments throughout the state to assist planning agencies and small businesses with efforts to revitalize downtown areas.

Downtown Revitalization Grants
As many of you may be aware by now, in addition to the changes noted above, just over $1,2 million was awarded to the following municipalities:  City of Burlington, City of Dunn, Town of Hendersonville, City of Kings Mountain, City of Lincolnton, City of Morganton, City of Reidsville, City of Rocky Mounty, City of Shelby, City of Wilson, Town of Pembroke, Town of Rutherfordton , and the Town of Smithfield for downtown revitalization efforts.  The total funding will be equally split among the 13 communities.

Lessons Learned
The lesson that I think has been reinforced for many of us throughout this process is how important it is to have a relationship with our elected officials to ensure that the lines of communication remain open.  I would encourage each of you to reach out to your legislators to thank them for their service and their efforts to help you in your work to make your downtown a better place.

Finally, please participate in the NCDDA member survey that was sent out on the NCDDA listserv last week.  Please let us know your concerns for the upcoming legislative session and ways that your NCDDA can be prepared for issues that matter most to our members.


Sarah Edwards

NCDDA Vice President – Government Affairs


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