Downtown Aberdeen has been designated as a North Carolina Main Street Community, according to a news release from the Town.
As a Main Street America Affiliate, Downtown Aberdeen is part of a 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.
Downtown Aberdeen is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The Town of Aberdeen is charged with administering the program at the local level and building a public-private partnership to spur economic development in partnership with the state agency.
According to North Carolina’s Department of Commerce, the NC Main Street program assists selected communities across the state in restoring economic vitality to their historic downtowns. Using a comprehensive downtown revitalization process developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation. Main Street staff provides technical assistance, guidance and training to participating communities.
New Main Street communities are selected through a competitive application process. Eligible communities must have a certified population under 50,000 and commit to hiring a full-time downtown manager and providing funding for operating the program, according to the Department of Commerce for North Carolina.
The Board of Commissioners are currently focusing on improving the downtown area, and the Town recently invited the public’s input on what kind of things the community thought was attractive to make the downtown area a stop and shop destination instead of a drive by location. The Town of Aberdeen announced in their latest Bon Accord newsletter that they have strategic goals for the downtown area. Town officials are planning to use $259,00 to enhance Downtown Aberdeen.