Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

The North Carolina economy has shifted and changed over the past three decades, leaving many communities struggling to regain their footing in the current market. Yet many communities are realizing that economic success can be found by embracing their authentic assets. Community assets come in many forms, such as cultural, institutional, governmental, community and human, natural and recreational, and economic assets. These assets define strategic economic development directions that help communities focus and prioritize the projects that are important. When those projects are exceptional, they provide the perfect pitch that attracts consumers, entrepreneurs and developers to their communities.

The North Carolina Main Street conference is the state’s largest downtown revitalization event, offering learning sessions, tours, time for downtown exploration and opportunities for networking with downtown professionals, elected officials, volunteers and consultants. Attendees will learn how to identify strategies and how to create an ensemble of projects that support and facilitate economic development in their communities. They will leave with a better understanding of what professionals can help them reach their desired outcomes. Many refer to the conference website to find companies that understand downtown revitalization and the needs of today’s small business owners. When you connect with the NC Main Street Conference, you are connecting with your target market. No other conference will assemble this many downtown professionals, at one time, in the state of North Carolina. We hope you will continue or join us for the first time as an annual sponsor and/or exhibitor.

A few facts about the conference and awards program:

  • Our primary audience is downtown professionals, municipal elected officials and staff, property and business owners, downtown revitalization volunteers, and other professionals interested in downtown development.

  • The conference is our major educational event and is the only downtown revitalization conference held in our state. It attracts approximately 700 attendees annually.

  • Typically, more than 140 communities from across the state and of all sizes are represented. We often have registrants from neighboring states.

  • Many of our attendees are on restricted budgets and this is the one event that they plan on attending because of its educational and networking value. They look forward to talking to our exhibitors to see their work and gain contacts to further their downtown revitalization projects.

  • Our partners, YOU help us to produce a high-quality event at a reasonable cost for our attendees.

Sponsor & Exhibitor Placement

When we assign exhibition spaces at our conference we go in the order of level of giving. When deciding your level of sponsorship, please consider this in your decision.

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The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program. The Center works in regions, counties, cities, towns, downtown districts, and in designated North Carolina Main Street communities, to inspire place-making through building asset-based economic development strategies that achieve measurable results such as investment, business growth, and jobs. As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development
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