2021 NC Main Street Champion
Most people will never know the extent of time, care, and expertise that Bryan Grote has given to Mount Airy. Working mostly behind the scenes and avoiding recognition, Bryan is humble and prefers to work out of the spotlight. Bryan serves as Board President for Mount Airy Downtown, Inc., and is truly a Godsend. Mount Airy Downtown has one employee, so Bryan rolls up his sleeves and works endless hours on all four points of Main Street.
With 25 years of experience in government finance and infrastructure policy, Bryan’s knowledge has helped move the needle forward on major projects like the redevelopment of elements of the historic Spencer's Mill site in Mount Airy’s downtown district. Bryan wrote the Request for Proposals for the project and managed the process that led to the City of Mount Airy executing a development agreement for a $14 million boutique hotel and market center at the site. Bryan is a process-focused leader, a once-in-a-lifetime mentor, and a wonderful friend.
It is Mount Airy’s honor to name Bryan Grote as its NC Main Street Champion.