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Main Street August 30, 2015  
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Since 1980, the North Carolina Main Street Center has traditionally selected communities every two years to participate in the Main Street Program. Elkin was selected as a North Carolina Main Street City in April 1998 along with Monroe, Oxford and Sparta.

The North Carolina Main Street Program is a part of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. This human and reference center works to stimulate comprehensive revitalization utilizing the four-point approach. The four elements are: organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. The Main Street Program is designed to improve all aspects of downtown, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. In March 1999 the Elkin Town Board appointed the Elkin Main Street Program Committee (Main Street Advisory Board, or MSAB). This board is working with other groups (such as Downtown Elkin, Inc., Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, and local civic organizations and businesses) to promote and expand downtown events and tourism.

Elkin Main Street Program Committee


Town of Elkin Main Street Advisory Board

Members for 2015




Jennifer White (Vice-Chair)

318 Elkin Creek Mill Rd

Elkin, NC 28621

336.526.5119 (home)


Expires:  May 2016


Debbie Carson

549 West Main Street

Elkin, NC 28621



Expires: May 2015


Don Hudson

246 East Main Street

Elkin, NC 28621

336.835.5272 (work)


Term Expires: May 2015


Beth Duncan

757 W Main Street

Elkin, NC 28621

336.835.1313 (work)

781.724.7611 (cell)


Term Expires: May 2016


Jeff Yockel

376 Gwyn Ave

Elkin, NC 28621

704-651-8697 (work)

704-651-8697 (home)


Term Expires: May 2015


Teresa Smith Ray (Chair)

187 Victoria Street

Elkin, NC 28621

336.835.7664 (Home)

336.366.7970 (Cell)


Term Expires: May 2016


Phillip Lyles

302 E Main St

Elkin, NC 28621

336-835-1426 (Work)


Term Expires: May 2016




Ex-officio members:     


                                       Larry Irwin, Downtown Elkin, Inc Chair - Person




                                        Laura Gaylord, Main Street and Community Manager

                                        226 N Bridge Street

                                        Elkin, NC 28621






Accomplishments to Date

In the past, Main Street has been involved in organizing the first Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festivals, helped with recycle center relocation/expansion, getting Downtown Elkin Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places, downtown clean-up days, architectural hunt, photo documented all downtown businesses, assisted with publishing the Historic Downtown Elkin Walking Tour brochure, established façade grant guidelines, manage the $50,000 Façade Grant donation from Yadkin Valley Bank, assistance with technical advise for façade rehabilitations, support for new business start ups, worked with the National Park Service to establish the walking path for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, Municipal District Tax (MSD) established, “Historic Downtown Elkin” directional signage (1st MSD project), selected Elkin individuals for NC Main Street Champions, celebrated grand-openings with ribbon cutting ceremonies, Pilot for Start with your Heart walking path programs, assisted with establishment of Farmers Market (held Saturdays 9 am-noon- see below), hosted Austin Healey Appalachian Moonshine Rally each June, launched cardboard recycling in downtown along with roll-out cart trash collection, sidewalk and parking lot renovations, hosted “Visioning” and Charette team, established design guidelines for downtown.

In 2013, Elkin's downtown Main Street was awarded "Great Place in the Making" by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association. Their NC Great Places initiative focused on Main Streets and neighborhoods throughout North Carolina and what makes them special. Please check the website www.nc-apa.org for more information. Photos will be updated soon, highlighting Elkin.

The Elkin Farmers Market is another special event held every year from April through September, and is located in Elkin Town Hall's public parking lot. Elkin's Main Street Advisory Board sponsors events at the market, such as Chef in the Market, Kids in the Kitchen, and monthly live music. For more information, go to www.elkinfarmersmarket.com.

The Main Street Advisory Board is very active in downtown revitalization efforts as well as beautification of the downtown historical buildings, parks and streets. They also assist downtown organizations in funding events and marketing. The public is welcome to attend their meetings anytime. They meet during the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 8:30 am, in the Chamber of Commerce board room.

For a current listing of events from Historical Downtown Elkin to the surrouding vineyards and wineries, please go to www.whatsupinElkinNC.com. You'll find a variety of photos and up to the minute information on events, live music, festivals and more.  You can also follow us on our website at www.elkinmainstreet.com or on facebook by going to Elkin NC (government page) and whatsupinElkinNC.com facebook pages to stay connected.



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The Town Of Elkin, North Carolina - Elkinnc.org - Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Mailing Address: Post Office Box 857 Elkin, North Carolina 28621 Street Address: 226 North Bridge Street Elkin, North Carolina 28621 Town Hall Office Number: 336-794-6464