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. Our mission is to create an environment for development that enhances Downtown Burlington as the cultural, historic, social, and economic center of the community.



The BDC is staffed by a full-time Executive Director and a full-time Director of Operations and Communications.

Jessica Pasion,
Executive Director  
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Sara Beth Hardy,
Director of Operations
& Communications

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Board of Directors

The BDC is governed by a 13- to 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 resource and knowledge to the table in service of the organization’s mission. In addition to the 13-15 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. The following individuals currently serve as board members:

Executive Committee

Jeff Andrews,

Coleman Rich,
Vice President

Howard Hawks,

Dale Greeson,



From time to time, opportunities for board membership arise. Board members serve three-year staggered terms. If you are interested in board membership, please use the form below or contact us.

Gary Aherron,

Ervin Allen,
Alamance Community College,
Small Business Center

Jeff Andrews,
Vernon Law Firm


Angela Ball,
The Rusted Bucket Tavern;
Rare Breed Tattoo;
Chassis Twisters

Jan Davis,
Alamance Burlington School System (retired)

Dale Greeson,
Apple, Bell, Johnson & Co., P.A. 


Brad Harmon, advisory board
Syntech Signs


Howard Hawks,

Eric Henry,
TS Designs;
Company Shops Market;
Burlington Beer Works


Bridgett Inks,
Wells Fargo

Nolan Kirkman, ex-officio
City of Burlington,
Public Works Department

Kelly May, advisory board
Glen Raven, Inc.


Carole Moore,
Carole Moore Consultants


Amy Nelson, ex-officio
City of Burlington,
Planning Department

Coleman Rich,
Elon University,
Love School of


Matt Wall, advisory board
Holt, Longest, Wall,
Blaetz & Moseley, P.L.L.C.

Jeff Wilkins,
Wilkins Design Group

Lisa Wolff, ex-officio
City of Burlington,
Recreation & Parks Department


Cary Worthy, ex-officio
Alamance County Arts Council

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