The N.C. Department of Commerce, Office of Urban Development has announced that the City of Morganton is one of 20 communities across the state that have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.
The Morganton Main Street program has spent more than 30 years working to maintain a vibrant and energized downtown. The program has generated more than $60 million dollars of public and private investment into downtown.
According to Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Office of Urban Development, local Main Street programs across the state work to bring jobs and businesses to their downtowns. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have demonstrated exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach, which includes Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring.
Other North Carolina Main Street programs that earned accreditation for their 2013 performance are Hickory, Lincolnton, Brevard, Burlington, Clayton, Concord, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Kings Mountain, Marion, Monroe, New Bern, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Wake Forest, Waynesville, and Wilson.