Kent Harkey not only contributes to the betterment of downtown Albemarle, but also lives it. A downtown resident, Kent has selflessly dedicated himself to the beautification of downtown Albemarle, serving on the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation (ADDC) Design Committee since 2013, the past three years as chairman. He has been instrumental in organizing volunteer efforts for seasonal flower plantings downtown, as well as recognizing businesses with the ADDC’s quarterly Appearance Award. In 2018, he spearheaded an ongoing alleyway improvement project off West Main Street, integrating clean-up, painting, seating, lighting, and public art. Kent has served on the ADDC Board since 2013, co-chaired its Holiday Tour of Homes fundraiser for the past two years, and volunteered at the Stanly County Winter Wine Festival for the past five years. The ADDC is proud to acknowledge Kent Harkey’s valuable contributions to downtown Albemarle by naming him a North Carolina Main Street Champion.