Tryon Downtown Development Association shares vision for 2023

Published 8:30 am Friday, January 13, 2023

Development Director Michelle Newman discusses TDDA goals


TRYON–Michelle Newman, the new Development Director for the Tryon Downtown Development Association says she’s heading into 2023 with a vision for continued economic growth by recruiting new businesses and helping existing businesses thrive. 

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I think Tryon is poised on the edge of incredible opportunity,” says Newman, a Tryon resident with a background in marketing and public relations. “In the last two months, we have had five businesses open. I think capturing this momentum is key to our success, and that depends on all our businesses and residents working together.” 


Newman began as development director on October 31. She says she’s settled into the job and is focused on promoting Tryon in 2023.


“There are so many community-minded people here, and I feel so fortunate to be working with them every day now,” says Newman. “TDDA’s board, members and volunteers have done an incredible job of positioning us for success.”


Among her goals for the new year are exploring more opportunities for grant funding for programs that could positively impact businesses and residents. She also wants Tryon to be part of a state initiative dedicating 2023 as “The Year of the Trail.”


“Tryon boasts ten parks, so it’s a perfect fit to invite people to discover our trails and natural resources,” she says. 


Newman says she’s also excited about the return of Fourth Fridays in March and a renewed focus on promoting downtown’s galleries and artisan shops.


“I know firsthand that Tryon is a uniquely supportive community for the arts, and there’s a huge opportunity to capitalize on the caliber of our arts organizations, venues and galleries,” says Newman.


The mission of the TDDA is to preserve and enhance the community of Tryon through a downtown revitalization program that focuses on economic vitality, excellent urban design and historic preservation.