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Roxboro Awarded $175,000 Grant for Uptown Renewal Project


North Carolina Department of CommerceRaleigh, N.C. (January 13, 2014) – The N.C. Department of Commerce announced today that Roxboro, North Carolina has been awarded up to $175,000 from the Main Street Solutions Fund for the Kirby Rebirth and Uptown Renewal project.

“The Office of Urban Development’s Main Street Solutions Fund continues to work closely with communities across North Carolina,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “We are pleased to provide direct support to small businesses in Roxboro’s Uptown District.”

“We’re excited about this project for Roxboro,” said Liz Parham, director of the Office of Urban Development.  “These funds will help renovate one of Uptown Roxboro’s most significant architectural buildings and will bring awareness and recognition to the small businesses that are offering goods and services in the district and the nonprofits that are working to improve Roxboro’s quality of life.”

Roxboro, along with other Main Street communities in North Carolina, are successfully following the principles of the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach® to downtown revitalization.  North Carolina Main Street communities have experienced $2 billion in public and private investment and a net gain of more than 19,000 jobs since the inception of the program in 1980.

The N.C. Main Street program, utilizes the Four-Point Approach® methodology, a comprehensive downtown revitalization process focused on organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring that was developed by the National Main Street Center®.

For more information about the Main Street Solutions Fund, visit www.nccommerce.com/MainStreet, or contact Liz Parham, director of the Office of Urban Development, at (919) 571-4900.