DGDC Mission Statement

The DGDC provides leadership dedicated to the improvement of Downtown Goldsboro by creating and facilitating downtown development, promotion and preservation activities. The DGDC strives to enhance the appearance, desirability and vitality of Downtown Goldsboro.

About Downtown Development

Downtown Goldsboro is a Main Street Community, based on a working relationship between the City of Goldsboro, the Downtown Development office and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation (DGDC), a non-profit arm. These organizations work in partnership for the benefit of downtown, promoting revitalization within the context of historic preservation.

Downtown Goldsboro has followed the Main Street Approach since 1984, during which time, 650 buildings have been rehabbed and over 100 new businesses have opened in the 22 square block downtown district. Most notably, a major revitalization effort, Center Street Streetscape, was completed in 2015, with funding from a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant award. In 2016, the City was awarded an additional TIGER grant for completion of outstanding projects in the 2007 Downtown Master Plan.

DGDC Board of Directors

The DGDC is comprised of a Board of Directors which directs and administers activities implemented by a full-time staff, financially supported by the City. Board members serve voluntarily and represent a diverse and population of interests, including downtown merchants, property owners, businesses, Travel and Tourism, Wayne County Development Alliance, Inc. and other like organizations. The Board meets once a month, on the 3rd Wednesday at noon.

Meet our Staff

Julie Metz
Julie MetzExecutive Director
Julie has served as Director for the City of Goldsboro Downtown Development office for 18 years. Her goal is to lead her staff, DGDC Board and volunteers to continue to develop an economically stronger, thriving and distinctive community, starting the with heart of the City.
Elizabeth Rutland
Elizabeth RutlandBusiness & Property Development Specialist
Elizabeth has been with the Downtown Development office for 5 years and uses her experience in design and development to assist downtown businesses and property owners in opening, purchasing, expanding and improving.
Erin Fonseca
Erin FonsecaPromotions Coordinator
Erin has been with the Downtown Development office for 3 years and serves to promote Downtown Goldsboro through event management, marketing and public relations initiatives. She has a passion for community engagement and ensuring downtown activities appeal to citizens and visitors of all demographics.
Jess Bylsma
Jess BylsmaOffice Assistant
Jess has been with the Downtown Development office for 2 years and serves to assist the public, downtown business and property owners and other downtown stakeholders.Jess also manages everyday operations of the office and non-profit.

Committees

Want to Get Involved?

The Design Committee strives to enhance the appearance of Downtown Goldsboro. This Committee reviews and recommends designs, placement, materials and other decisions related to aesthetics for streetscape improvements. They meet with property owners to encourage good rehabilitation and restoration practices. This Committee is continually creating new projects to improve the visual appearance and well-being of downtown.

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Does Center Street Jam or Downtown Lights Up sound familiar to you? These events, as well as many others are available to the public due to the efforts of this Committee. This Committee also aids the staff in efforts to publicize activities and events, volunteer man hours and creates new ideas to make downtown interesting and fun.
Gretchen & Volunteers

The EV Committee works to facilitate new investments in downtown and invoke financial support through community donations to our non-profit organization. This Committee also works on activities and projects that will refine our organization as we step into the community to demonstrate and illustrate the benefits of downtown.

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This step in the Main Street Approach is administered and implemented through our staff and the Board itself. We build partnerships to create a consistent revitalization program and develop affective management and leadership downtown. We assure that everyone is working together for a common goal—to make Downtown a better place to live, work & play!

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Become part of the team behind the scenes! Whether you’re interested in devoting your time and energy as a volunteer, or serving on one of our active committees, or just have general questions, let us know!

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