KANNAPOLIS - Last week WBTV featured a story about the Rowan County town of Spencer and its inclusion in North Carolina's Main Street program.
Civic and business leaders are excited because it means that the town will be able to get outside help from experts who can make recommendations about downtown revitalization. The program is highly coveted by communities across the state, and now Kannapolis would like to benefit.
In response to the City of Kannapolis’ application to join the North Carolina Main Street Program, the NC Department of Commerce, Office of Urban Development has offered the City a year-long program of services to strengthen downtown revitalization efforts.
The services outlined in the proposal offer technical assistance, organizational development services and training opportunities designed to provide the foundation necessary for a strong downtown revitalization organization that will support a long-term, sustainable Main Street initiative in Kannapolis.
Recognizing Kannapolis’ unique history and “tremendous opportunities for downtown revitalization, infill development and innovative redevelopment,” the Office of Urban Development offered the year-long services with the possibility of Main Street designation in 2013.
“Downtowns are the heartbeat of many communities,” said Office of Urban Development and NC Main Street Director Liz Parham. “We always want to be proactive in helping revitalization efforts as a way to create and retain jobs and to ensure the long-term economic success of downtowns.”