Elkin's Main Street Advisory Board
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If you are interested in downtown Elkin, North Carolina – we are glad you are visiting this section of the Town of Elkin's website. This is our online meeting place where we organize our activities, share ideas, and publicize our mission.
Our Main Street Advisory Board (MSAB) committee is comprised of 8 board members and representatives (ex-officio's) from the Town of Elkin (Main Street & Community Manager, and Secretary of the MSAB), the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce (President) and Downtown Elkin, Inc (President). Our board members serve a 3 year term, but these terms can also be extended. All members must apply for the position, and must be approved by the Elkin Board of Commissioners before serving on the board.
Anyone who has a passion for downtown Elkin can apply for a seat on the board once there is availability. You are expected to attend a required number of monthly meetings throughout the year, volunteer for committees, and be an active contributor to our projects and passions. We take our work seriously but enjoy the mission to improve our historic downtown experience!
If a position is not available, we gladly welcome volunteers and community members to attend our meetings and contribute ideas, so join us if you can each month. We meet every 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 am. Our meeting place is currently at the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce office on E Market St.
We work together to make downtown Elkin interesting, vital, creative, aesthetically pleasing, and a place our community can enjoy. To see examples of our projects, click here.
The funds we use to reinvest in the downtown are from the Municipal Service District (MSD) tax fund. We use these funds to bring vitality back to the downtown in many ways, such as banners, landscaping, facade and mural grants, and funding events along Main Street. Our passion is saving historic buildings and finding ways to improve our downtown district, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The MSAB usually offers annual 50/50 matching grants (up to $1000) for downtown merchants or building owners. These are offered each spring, and the focus for improvements can change each year. In the past funding has been provided for back alley wall improvements, murals, or front facades. See our page on funding for more information.
Our MSAB meetings are open to the public and are scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Meetings are at the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce board room at the heritage center (257 Standard St) at 9:00 am. Please join us if you are interested in contributing to or learning more about our plans for downtown Elkin. Applications for any Town of Elkin board can be found here.
The Main Street Advisory Board has an opening for a seat on the board. Please send your application to Laura Gaylord at email@example.com.
Current board members are Teresa Smith, Jennifer White, Debbie Carson, Brittany Russell (Chair), Amanda Edgerley, and Kerri Ferrari. Also three Ex-officios are on the board: Main Street & Community Manager, Laura Gaylord (Secretary); President of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, Myra Cook; and President of Downtown Elkin Inc, John Cheek.
Main contact for further questions is Laura Gaylord, Main Street & Community Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org