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.

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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.

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

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Lisa Marinis,
Office Administrator
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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:

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.

Download the picture directory of the BDC Board of Directors here.


Ervin Allen,
Alamance Community College,
Small Business Center

Jeff Andrews,
Vernon Law Firm


Angela Ball,
The Rusted Bucket Tavern;
Rare Breed Tattoo

Jan Davis,
Alamance Burlington School System


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

Howard Hawks,


Holly Treadwell,
The Blend & co.

Ben Harris,
STEAM Junction;
Alamance Makers Guild


Madison Taylor,
Elon University, Advancement

Nathan Page,
City of Graham


Peter Bishop, ex-officio
City of Burlington,
Economic Development Department

Eric Henry,
TS Designs;
Burlington Beer Works


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

Coleman Rich,
Elon University,
Love School of Business


Jeff Wilkins,
Wilkins Design Group

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


Cary Worthy, ex-officio
Alamance County Arts Council


Casey Lewis,
Owl & Rabbit Gallery;
Beechwood Metalworks

Ian Baltutis, City Council Liaison
Mayor, City of Burlington


Gary Aherron,

Brad Harmon,
Syntech Signs


Kelly May,
Glen Raven, Inc.

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

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