Encourages development of activities and events that promote Downtown Smithfield as a destination and support the vision for Downtown Smithfield established by its citizens.

An incentive to organizations or other collaboratives in Smithfield to use Downtown Smithfield as a venue for organizing and hosting events and activities specifically targeted to attract visitors from a different geographic area or a new demographic audience to Smithfield.

Provides a matching (reimbursement) grant up to 25% of the total cost of approved projects, up to $500 but no less than $50, for advertising and marketing, new events, existing events, and promotions.


As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation 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.
Smithfield is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center.  The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation 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. 
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