A Community Defining its Own Future
Downtown Burlington is stewarded by the folks at the Burlington Downtown Corporation (BDC), a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting downtown and offering support to existing and potential business and property owners. Burlington is an accredited program of the national Main Street Center and is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center.
The BDC 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. The mission of the BDC is to create an environment for downtown redevelopment by engaging community stakeholders and partners, and to inspire investment, business development, and job growth.
As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Burlington, North Carolina 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.
Burlington is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The BDC 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.Burlington is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The BDC 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.
The BDC is staffed by a full-time Executive Director, a full-time Director of Operations and Communications, and is currently staffed by a part-time Office Administrator.
The BDC is governed by a 15-member board of directors that is self-managed. 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 resources and knowledge to the table in service of the organization’s mission. In addition to the 15 voting members, four ex-officio members make up the board, including a representative from the Alamance County Arts Council and the following City of Burlington Departments: Recreation and Parks, Planning and Economic Development, and Public Works. Additionally, the City of Burlington appoints a member of City Council to serve as the BDC's City Council Liaison. The following individuals currently serve as board members:
Are you passionate about Downtown Burlington? Consider joining our Board! We are always looking for fun, engaging, passionate members. Board members serve three-year staggered terms, and commit to attending our monthly Board meetings (the 1st Thursday of each month for 60-90 mins), and service on one of our Committees, an additional 60-minute monthly commitment. Download the Board Member Responsibilities & Duties here.
Board members are actively involved throughout the month attending events, championing and promoting Downtown, assisting with committee tasks, etc. In return, you will gain a plethora of satisfaction in knowing that you are helping to make a difference by reinvigorating the Heart of our community (Downtown), and making Burlington a better place for all.
If you are interested in board membership, click button below to submit an application through our online portal.
Alamance Community College,
Small Business Center
Vernon Law Firm
Alamance Burlington School System
The Blend & co.
Alamance Makers Guild
Elon University, Advancement
City of Graham
Peter Bishop, ex-officio
City of Burlington,
Economic Development Department
Burlington Beer Works
Love School of Business
Nolan Kirkman, ex-officio
City of Burlington,
Public Works Department
Lisa Wolff, ex-officio
City of Burlington,
Recreation & Parks Department
Wilkins Design Group
Owl & Rabbit Gallery;
Cary Worthy, ex-officio
Alamance County Arts Council
Ian Baltutis, City Council Liaison
Mayor, City of Burlington
Glen Raven, Inc.
Holt, Longest, Wall,
Blaetz & Moseley, P.L.L.C.