The City of Hendersonville is a North Carolina Main Street Community as designated by the state Department of Commerce. 

Main Street Communities use a comprehensive downtown revitalization process developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation.

The City of Hendersonville's Downtown Economic Development Department oversees our community's Main Street Program. The department includes the Downtown Economic Development Director and the Promotions Coordinator. These staff members work directly with the downtown advisory committees associated with the Main Street and Seventh Avenue municipal service districts, as well as the non-profit Friends of Downtown Hendersonville. Each of these groups consists of a mix of district business & property owners alongside community representatives who provide strategic program direction along with feedback on program quality and effectiveness.

Program Vision Statement

Downtown Hendersonville is a national leader in providing the authentic small town urban infrastructure and character needed to support and interweave a vibrant entrepreneurial environment with urban livability.

Program Mission Statement

The Downtown & Seventh Avenue Advisory Committees exist to identify, preserve and enhance the key factors that contribute to the authentic small town urban character of historic downtown Hendersonville. Organizational projects are identified, assessed and prioritized based on their contribution to and potential to enhance and support a vibrant entrepreneurial environment and the livability of downtown. The committees actively pursue project implementation, whether they be infrastructure improvements, special events, economic incentives, planning initiatives, etc, using the Main Street Four-Point Approach, in concert with the City of Hendersonville, downtown stakeholders and the larger community.

Are you interested in joining one of the Downtown boards? Read more on the positions available and please consider applying. 

The Downtown Main Street Advisory Committee

Michele Sparks - Chair
Stakeholder (3rd Term Expires 6.30.2020)
e-mail & phone: (828) 693-4545

Candi Guffey-Vice Chair
Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 6.30.2019)
e-mail & phone: (828)489-0765

Caroline Gunther
Stakeholder (1st Term Expires 6.30.2020)
e-mail 

Carole Sitzer
Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 6.30.2020)
e-mail & phone: (305) 495-0312

Merit Wolff
Stakeholder (1st Term Expires 6.30.2019)
e-mail & phone: (828) 595-2236

 

Jared Ballmund
At-Large (1st Term Expires 6.30.2019)

e-mail & phone: (828)393-0757

Kelly Jones Friesen
At-Large (2nd Term Expires 6.30.2020)

e-mail

Walt Slagel
At-Large (1st Term Expires 6.30.2019)

e-mail

Ron Stephens - Council Liaison
City of Hendersonville
e-mail & phone: (828) 697-3000

The Downtown 7th Avenue Advisory Committee

Dennis Dunlap - Chair
Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 12.31.19)
e-mail & phone: (828) 697-9598

Chris Cormier-Vice Chair
Stakeholder (2nd Term Expires 12.31.2019)
e-mail & phone: (828) 697-7184

Becky Ayers
Stakeholder (1st Term Expires 12.31.2018)
e-mail & phone: (828) 808-4121

John Ryan
Stakeholder (1st Term Expires 12.31.2019)
e-mail & phone: (704) 651-2627

Anthony McMinn
Rescue Mission (Ex-Officio Membership)
e-mail & phone: (828) 697-1354

Matthew Hickman
At-Large (1st Term Expires 12.31.2018)
e-mail & phone: (828) 674-7494

Sheryl Fortune 
At-Large (2nd Term Expires 12.31.2018)
e-mail & phone: (828) 693-1711

Ron Kauffman
At-Large (2nd Term Expires 12.31.2018)
e-mail & phone: (828) 696-9799

Steve Caraker - Council Liaison
City of Hendersonville

e-mail & phone: (828) 697-3000

Downtown Economic Development Staff

Lew Holloway
Downtown Economic Development Director
145 5th Avenue East
Hendersonville NC 28792
(828) 233-3216
e-mail

Dalleen Jackson
Special Events & Promotions Coordinator
145 5th Avenue East
Hendersonville NC 28792
(828) 233-3205
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