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
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 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.
Board of Directors
Staff and Office
The DGDC staff consists of 3 full-time and 1 part-time personnel, Julie M. Thompson
the Executive Director, Meg Gernaat, Promotions Coordinator, an Administrative
Assistant and a litter-vac/street sweeper operator. Our office is located at 218
East Walnut Street, in the front yard of the Wayne County Court House. Operating
Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact us by e-mail:
Send an e-mail.
We have four Committees responsible for implementing the four step approach endorsed
by Main Street.
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 also review Façade Grant
and Landscape Incentive Grant Applications to make recommendations to the Board
of Directors. 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.
Does Center Street Jam, Jazz on George, Downtown Lights Up or Boo It Downtown
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.
Economic Restructuring Committee
The ER 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.
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 effective management and leadership downtown. We assure that
everyone is working together for a common goal—to make Downtown The Place to Be.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED? If you are interested in becoming involved
and would like more information, please
or call 919.735.4959. You may also download a
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN GOLDSBORO—WALKING TOUR. The DGDC office
has copies of the Downtown Historic Walking Tour Brochure and Around Downtown Newsletters
and Special Releases. You may also download the Walking Tour Brochure by clicking here.