TDDA Board, staff attend NC Main Street Conference

Published 11:28 am Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A group from Tryon recently attended the NC Main Street Annual Conference held in New Bern, NC. Members of the TDDA Board and staff were able to attend the conference along with Tryon Town Manager, Zach Ollis.

Gordon Hamilton, Nick Fischer, Dean Trakas and Jessica Phillips from TDDA were able to attend many different work sessions, keynote addresses and network amoung their peers at all the other Main Street towns across the state. In addition to the TDDA participants, Gayle and Scott Lane, Mike and Kim Karraman and Dean Trakas were in attendance to recieve the Award for Best Historic Rehabilitation for the Tryon Theatre and Wanda May, receiving a Main Street Champion award.

The North Carolina Main Street and Rural Planning Center at the N.C. Department of Commerce helps small towns create vibrant central business districts by using local resources to preserve their historic fabric and build upon their unique characteristics.

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“While the world struggles with the COVID-19 crisis and its economic consequences, the important work of programs like North Carolina Main Street continues,” Secretary Copeland said. “We’re proud of these Main Street communities, whose innovative leadership generates public and private investment, spurs job creation and facilitates residential development to energize the state’s downtown districts.”

TDDA Interim President Gordon Hamilton says he was pleased that a number of TDDA Board members and staff were able to attend this Main Street Conference thanks to the generosity of the Polk County Community Foundation. “PCCF has always been so supportive of our organization’s board development by sending TDDA Board member to this conference every year. The conference is a great place to learn best practices and network with peers to learn innovative solutions to issues confronting all small towns.”


Submitted by Jessica Phillips