Local downtown areas get national recognition

RALEIGH — Two local downtown areas have received recognition for revitalization efforts that attract visitors and drive tourism.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Main Street and Rural Planning Center recently announced that 39 North Carolina communities, including Morganton and Valdese, have achieved accreditation or reaccreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The North Carolina Main Street communities that have earned accreditation for their 2016 performance are Belmont, Boone, Brevard, Cherryville, Clinton, Concord, Eden, Edenton, Elkin, Garner, Goldsboro, Hendersonville, Hickory, Kings Mountain, Lenoir, Lexington, Lumberton, Marion, Monroe, Morganton, North Wilkesboro, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Roxboro, Rutherfordton, Salisbury, Sanford, Shelby, Smithfield, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Sylva, Tryon, Valdese, Wake Forest, Waxhaw, Waynesville, Williamston and Wilson.

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(Morganton.com, 7/3/2017)