40 North Carolina Main Street Champions recognized during conference

Published 1:38 pm Thursday, March 14, 2024

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Goldsboro, N.C. – Forty Main Street Champions will be honored for their contributions to downtown revitalization and community building in 2023 during a recognition ceremony today in Goldsboro. With the addition of this year’s honorees, 415 Main Street Champions have now been recognized by the N.C. Department of Commerce since 2000.

John T. Williams of Albemarle was one of the honorees.

“Main Street Champions are invaluable assets to their communities,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “Whether through advancing local economic opportunities or creating beautiful public spaces, our Champions are deeply committed to the betterment of their world.”

“Successful economic development depends on community development — and that begins with the people that call North Carolina home,” said Kenny Flowers, assistant secretary of Rural Economic Development at the N.C. Department of Commerce. “Main Street Champions embody that connection, channeling their love for their community into strategic economic partnerships and initiatives, and ultimately creating healthier downtown districts.”

“We are so pleased to recognize the people that are making a difference in Main Street communities,” said Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center. “Main Street Champions come from all walks of life, but they share common traits. They roll up their sleeves, invest time and money in their communities, and lead by example.”

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