Main Street Program

The City of Hendersonville is a North Carolina Main Street Community as designated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. 

Main Street Communities use a comprehensive downtown revitalization process developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation.

The City of Hendersonville's Downtown Economic Development Department oversees our community's Main Street Program. The department includes the Downtown Economic Development Director, Downtown Economic Development Coordinator and Downtown Events Coordinator. Staff work directly with the downtown advisory committees associated with the Main Street and Seventh Avenue municipal service districts, as well as the non-profit Friends of Downtown Hendersonville. Each of these groups consists of a mix of district business & property owners alongside community representatives who provide strategic program direction along with feedback on program quality and effectiveness.



PROGRAM VISION STATEMENT

Downtown Hendersonville is a national leader in providing the authentic small town urban infrastructure and character needed to support and interweave a vibrant entrepreneurial environment with urban livability.

 

PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The Main Street & Seventh Avenue Advisory Committees exist to identify, preserve and enhance the key factors that contribute to the authentic small town urban character of historic downtown Hendersonville. Organizational projects are identified, assessed and prioritized based on their contribution to and potential to enhance and support a vibrant entrepreneurial environment and the livability of downtown. The committees actively pursue project implementation, whether they be infrastructure improvements, special events, economic incentives, planning initiatives, etc, using the Main Street Four-Point Approach, in concert with the City of Hendersonville, downtown stakeholders and the larger community.

 

Are you interested in joining one of the Downtown boards? Read more on the positions available and please consider applying. 

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          NC Main Street

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Downtown Hendersonville is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

 
 

THE DOWNTOWN MAIN STREET ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Michele Sparks – Chair 

Stakeholder (3rd Term Expires 6.30.2020) 

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Jared Bellmund 

Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 6.30.2021) 

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Caroline Gunther 

Stakeholder (1st Term Expires 6.30.2020) 

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Matt Johnes 

Stakeholder (1st Term Expires 6.30.2022) 

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Carole Sitzer 

Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 6.30.2020) 

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Walt Slagel 

At Large (2nd Term Expires 6.30.2021) 

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Merit Wolff 

Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 6.30.2021) 

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Lyndsey Simpson 

Council Liaison 

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THE DOWNTOWN 7TH AVENUE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Ron Kauffman – Chair 

At Large (3rd Term Expires 12.31.2020) 

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Dennis Dunlap 

Stakeholder (3rd Term Expires 12.31.2021) 

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Matthew Hickman – Vice Chair 

Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 12.31.2020) 

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Chris Cormier 

Stakeholder (3rd Term Expires 12.31.2021) 

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Becky Ayers 

Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 12.31.2020) 

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Sheryl Fortune 

At Large (3rd Term Expires 12.31.2020) 

John Ryan 

Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 12.31.2021) 

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Anthony McMinn 

Rescue Mission (Ex-Officio Membership) 

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Lyndsey Simpson 

Council Liaison 

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DOWNTOWN EXECUTIVE TEAM

 

Michele Sparks 

Ron Kauffman 

Jared Bellmund 

Matthew Hickman 

Walt Slagel 

Becky Ayers 

Lyndsey Simpson – Council Liaison 

 

 DOWNTOWN DIVISION STAFF

The Downtown Program is a division of the City of Hendersonville Community Development Department, formed in September, 2020.

Program Office 

125 Fifth Avenue West, Suite 200 

Hendersonville, NC 28792 

 

Jamie Carpenter 

Downtown Manager

 (828) 233-9144

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Meredith Friedheim 

Downtown Events Coordinator 

(828) 233-3205 

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