January 28, 2013

Salisbury ~ The Downtown Series ~ #1

What sets a city's downtown apart?  Innovative, creative approaches to local investing, property redevelopment, and new business models, entrenched in community values.  Every community has local assets, talents and resources, just waiting to be tapped.  The 2013 North Carolina Main Street Conference being held this week in Salisbury, North Carolina features fresh, new, collaborative partnerships that are creating locally owned enterprises, cultural and entertainment venues, downtown housing and schools and a mix of activities.  It’s no longer downtown business as usual here in Salisbury NC!  Innovative ideas here are attracting people, interest and investment, making this community more resilient and better positioned to endure tough economic times and expand markets and opportunities. Salisbury is creating innovative change for a sustainable future.

450 people from around the state be in downtown Salisbury this week for what’s expected to be one of the largest N.C. Main Street Conferences ever.  Why the big turnout? As quoted in the January 28, 2013 Salisbury Post article by Emily Ford, "Salisbury to host 450 for N.C. Main Street Conference", Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Office Urban Development, answers that question with, It’s Salisbury. People find Salisbury really interesting.” 

Salisbury, North Carolina competed against other cities to host the 2013 conference, which runs January 30 – February 1, 2013 and features workshops, tours, an awards ceremony and nationally known speakers. When communities compete to host the event, state officials look at all aspects of the city’s downtown, considering the business mix, current or recent projects, what highlights guests could take in during tours, and long-term successes, as well as practical considerations like how many volunteers the community can muster and whether they have enough hotels and restaurants to accommodate the enumerable participants. Organizers of this annual downtown summit were swayed by the number and variety of meeting venues available in Salisbury, as well as the synergy between the Meroney and Norvell theaters, which co-host  the award ceremony Thursday night.

Titled “Main Street: Innovation, Collaboration and Impact,” the 2013 NC Main Street Conference will use seven downtown Salisbury locations for meeting space, including the Trolley Barn, Salisbury Depot, Rowan Museum, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, F&M Professional Center and downtown’s three theaters — the Meroney, Norvell and the Looking Glass Black Box Theatre.Conference-goers are expected to spend up to $150,000 in Salisbury hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments.

Read Ms. Ford's article covering this special event and honor to the City of Salisbury here:


And for more information and/or registration details for the conference, please follow this link:http://www.ncmainstreetcenter.com/

Salisbury Realtor Greg Rapp is available this week to show you the variety of opportunities in the available commercial and residential properties in the downtown Salisbury area.  Call Greg at 704.213.6846 to be a part of the innovative ideas in Salisbury, North Carolina that are attracting people, interest and investment, and to tap the local assets, talents and resources just waiting here for you!

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