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Sharon Jablonski
Director

Phone: (828) 438-5252

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The Main Street Office is located at 112 B. W. Union St.

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(828) 437-8863

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info-directions map icon-60px305 E. Union St.
Suite A100
Morganton, NC 28655
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 3448
Morganton, NC 28680-3448

Main Street Department

The Main Street Department oversees development in the City's Special Downtown Tax District, which is a 36-block area in Downtown Morganton. Morganton was awarded the honor of becoming a Main Street Program in 1982 by the North Carolina Main Street Program and the department strives to develop the downtown district through organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. The Main Street Department also manages the Morganton Community House.

The Morganton Main Street Office consists of one full-time director, one full-time Community Events Coordinator, and a 20-hour a week office assistant funded by the Historic Morganton Festival, Inc., as well as many volunteers.

The tax rate for the Special Downtown Tax District is currently $0.14 cent per $100 valuation.

Visit the Downtown Morganton website to learn more about Downtown Morganton and access a downtown business directory, business resources, shopping and dining guides, and information about the Downtown Development Association.

Why locate your business in downtown Morganton?

The Morganton Main Street program has spent more than 30 years working to maintain a vibrant and energized downtown. The program has generated more than $60 million dollars of public and private investment into downtown and that investment has helped downtown Morganton weather the storms that left many downtowns across America crumbling and desolate. Today, downtown Morganton, the heart and soul of the City, is strong and healthy largely due to the Main Street program.

Morganton's Main Street Program Energizes Downtown

 

Downtown Master Plan

ms-downtown-master-plan-2ms-downtown-master-plan-1The Downtown Master Plan was developed in the late 1990s. Although Morganton had been the hub of economic development in Burke County for many years, community leaders felt the downtown area had the potential to be a more vital and vibrant center for community life.

To explore that potential, the Morganton City Council appointed the Downtown Advisory Committee in the spring of 1996 and engaged the services of a consulting firm to lead a visioning process for Downtown Morganton. Over a period of 18 months, some 350 community members were involved in research, discussion, and planning aimed at developing a strategic plan for the downtown's future - The Master Plan.

Downtown Master Plan

 

Special Downtown Tax District

ms-downtown tax district-20100216-153pxThe Special Downtown Tax District is a 36-block area in Downtown Morganton and is overseen by the Main Street Department. The tax rate for the Special Downtown Tax District is currently $0.14 cent per $100 valuation.

Morganton has had the Special Downtown Tax District since 1982 when the City created the Main Street Department and Main Street Program.

Special Downtown Tax District

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