CLAYTON NC - North Carolina Main Street Champions were recognized for their commitment to downtown improvements and strong communities during an awards breakfast in Clayton on March 15. Thirty-nine individuals from across NC received honors for their contributions to Main Street programs and downtown districts in 2017.
"N.C. Main Street Champions go above and beyond to invest their time and talents with the goal of creating vibrant business districts in their communities," said N.C. Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland. "We are proud to welcome these committed individuals into the ranks of Main Street Champions." "This year's champions represent Main Street Board members and special project volunteers, developers, and business and property owners, all with passion, drive, and commitment to improve downtown," said Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center.
Gavin Mitchell was recognized as Hickory's Main Street Champion for 2017 during the awards breakfast in Clayton.
Hickory's Main Street Champion has been acquiring and renovating downtown property for more than a decade. Renovated commercial spaces have attracted viable businesses to complement the existing mix of retail, professional, and service companies into Hickory's downtown district. Several homes have been renovated and now provide residential opportunities for families looking for an urban lifestyle.
Gavin Mitchell has served as the Chairman of the Business Development (Economic Vitality) Committee, the Design Committee, and the Promotions Committee. He has served three terms on the HDDA Board of Directors. He has served as the Treasurer and twice as President.
Mr. Mitchell presents solutions to many challenges. Lights were installed illuminating dark streets and additional directional signs were placed. He sponsors the Downtown Art Crawls and contributes 500 pumpkins for children to decorate during the Candy Crawl.
Hickory Downtown Development Association is proud to recognize Gavin Mitchell as Hickory's 2017 Main Street Champion.