Downtown Community Development
Amy Bridges, Downtown and Community Development Manager
128 N. Powell Street
The Forest City Main Street Program is a partnership between the Town of Forest City's Downtown and Community Development Department and the Explore Forest City Main Street Association. The program primarily works in the areas of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. The Main Street Program is part of the North Carolina Main Street Program, the National Main Street Center and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Town of Forest City was awarded the Main Street status in July 2003.
Over the past thirty years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Cities and towns across the nation have come to realize that a prosperous and sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.
Our Main Streets tell us who we are, who we were and how the past has shaped us. We do not go to modern suburbs or enclosed shopping malls to learn about our past, explore our culture or discover our identity. Our Main Streets are the places of shared memory where people still come together to live, work and play.
The Town of Forest City is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The Town of Forest City is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business development, and job creation.
As a Main Street America Affiliate™, the Town of Forest City is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.