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Overview

 
The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are a nationally accredited Main Street Community, and are associated with the North Carolina Main Street Center. 
 
The DSDC works to promote downtown as the place to live, work and shop. We offer support to business and property owners within our district through a variety of programs.
 
The majority of our organization’s funding is provided by a Municipal Service District (MSD), made up of 18 blocks in Downtown Smithfield. We also receive funding from the Town of Smithfield, as well as grant-making organizations, sponsors, and private donors.
 

Mission Statement

 
The mission of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is to develop and maintain an economically vital, socially active and visually attractive downtown for Smithfield’s current and future citizens.
 

Vision Statement

 
Nestled between the serenity of the Neuse River and the vitality of Interstate 95, Downtown Smithfield is the center of government, enhanced by thriving, independently-owned businesses.  A destination for the arts, history, shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation, Downtown Smithfield is the cultural center of the community.
 

Board of Directors

 
The DSDC is governed by a Board of Directors made up of 17 members.  Directors are drawn from the downtown community of property and business owners as well as from the community at large. In nominating board members, an effort is made to include every interest that can bring resource and knowledge to the table in service of the organization’s mission. Five board members are ex-officio members make up the board, including the Mayor of the Town of Smithfield, a Johnston County Commissioner, Director of the Ava Gardner Museum, Director of the Johnston County Heritage Center, and Director of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield.  The following individuals currently serve as board members:
 
Chair Billie Stevens
Vice Chair Todd Johnson, Johnston County Heritage Center
Secretary Jan Branch
Treasurer Rick Childrey
Tara Dunn, Memory Lane Frame Studio
Jean-Pierre Edery, 231 Market Classic Printing
Marney Harris
Ruffin Johnson, Insurance Unlimited
Ross Lampe, Guy C. Lee Manufacturing
Julia Narron, Downtown Property Owner
Benton Sawrey, Narron, O'Hale, and Whittington
Patti Stallings, Bistro on Third
Vacant
 
Ex-Officio Members
Andy Moore, Mayor of the Town of Smithfield
Cookie Pope, Johnston County Commissioner
Vacant, Director of the Ava Gardner Museum
Todd Johnson, Director of the Johnston County Heritage Center
Margaret Marshall, Director of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield
 
From time to time, opportunities for board membership arise. Board members serve three-year staggered terms. If you are interested in board membership, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 

Staff

 
The DSDC is staffed by a full-time Director.
 
Sarah Edwards
Executive Director
 

Office Location

 
The office of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is located in the historic Hastings House at 200 South Front Street beside the Town Commons Park and the Neuse River.

Plan of Work

 

Staff and Services

Staff

Sarah Edwards
Executive Director
 
Sarah Macut-Martin
Administrative Assistant 
 

Office Location

The office of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is located in the historic Hastings House at 200 South Front Street beside the Town Commons Park and the Neuse River.
 

Services We Provide

The DSDC acts as a liaison with the Town of Smithfield for all downtown related activities. We provide the following services to business and property owners with the Municipal Service District, as well as to Smithfield-area residents and prospective investors.
 
Generous grants for property renovations and business development
Available property listings
Business directory listings
Long-range and strategic planning for downtown, including Downtown Master Plan and Streetscape Plan and Implementation
Project development, acting as liaison between the Town and project proponents
Downtown website and social media campaigns
Weekly electronic newsletter
Special event liaison to Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department
Grant support for marketing signature downtown events
Grant writing for outside support of downtown goals
Fundraising management
Comprehensive marketing and brand development for Downtown Smithfield

North Carolina Main Street Awards

2013

Best Historic Rehabilitation Project
115-117 S. Third Street
 

2010

Best Downtown Special Event Special Recognition
Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival
Best Outdoor Space Improvement Project Award
Buffalo Creek Greenway
 

2009

Best Downtown Special Event Special Recognition
Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival
 

2008

Best Innovation Special Recognition
Downtown Smithfield Business Spotlight on YOUTUBE
Best Historic Rehabilitation Project Special Recognition
105 S. Third Street Project
 

2007

Best Economic Restructuring Plan Award
Smithfield Historic Area Revitalization Plan (S.H.A.R.P.)
Best New Development/New Construction Project Award
Neuse Office Complex, 101 E. Market Street
Best Historic Rehabilitation Project Award
Smithfield Historic Masonic Lodge, 115 N. Second Street
 

2006

Best Innovation Award
E-Bay Ham & Yam Sponsorship Sale
Best Downtown Special Event Award
Johnston County Heritage Center Ghost Walk
Best Printed Promotional Item: Graphics Award
Ham & Yam Sponsorship Brochure
 

2003

Best Historic Rehabilitation Project Special Recognition
Capital Department Store Project, 224-228 E. Market Street
 

2002

Best Fundraising Effort Award
Smithfield Neuse Riverwalk Capital Campaign

Main Street Program

Smithfield is a nationally accredited Main Street community.

North Carolina Main Street Program

In hundreds of cities and towns throughout the United States, civic leaders are working to bring life back to Main Street. Whether it’s the major downtown corridor in a small town or the commercial center of a larger city, Main Street is being rediscovered. As they work to reinforce and rekindle the economic vitality and values that Main Street stands for, communities are utilizing the Main Street approach to community revitalization, and in North Carolina, communities are turning to the North Carolina Main Street Center (NCMSC) for assistance.
 

National Trust Main Street Center

The National Trust’s National Main Street Center is the nation’s largest full-service commercial district revitalization organization. Established in 1980, the Center helped develop the Main Street Four-Point Approach, a comprehensive methodology that has been used by over 1600 communities to revitalize their traditional commercial districts. The approach, which is tailored to meet local needs and opportunities, focuses the work of local staff and volunteers in four key areas:
 
  • Organization: Building consensus and cooperation among public and private groups and individuals, and identifying sources of funding for revitalization activities.
  • Design: Enhancing the district’s physical appearance through building rehabilitation, compatible new construction, public improvements, and design management systems.
  • Promotion: Marketing the commercial district through events and advertising to attract customers, potential investors, new businesses, residents, and visitors.
  • Economic Restructuring: Strengthening the district’s economic base and creating new opportunities through careful analysis and appropriate mixed-use development.
Main Street revitalization is one of the most successful economic development strategies in America: every dollar a community uses to support its local Main Street program has leveraged an average of more than $38 in new investment.
 
The Center continues to offer technical assistance and informational resources to Main Street communities across the country.
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