Learn more about who we are and how we came to be, why we are so proud to be recognized by various Main Street programs, and meet our Staff and Board Members.
Envisioning an important port cutty, John Motley Morehead, the twenty-ninth Governor of North Carolina, and others carefully planned Morehead City. The development of the port, Pier 1, along with the terminus of the 1857 Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad, both constructed at Shepards Point, were strong factors in the growth of Morehead City. Additionally, the recreational value of the shoreline and bountiful fishing have always attracted visitors and residents to the town.
WHAT WE DO
Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt. Economic development organization dedicated to making Downtown Morehead City a vital community. This is done through the Main Street 4-Point Approach to downtown revitalization strategy: Organization - Promotion - Economic Vitality - Design
HOW DID DOWNTOWN MOREHEAD CITY, INC. BEGIN AND WHY?
In November 1996, the Morehead City East division of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce determined it would be beneficial to the community to develop ways to improve business conditions to attract more people to the waterfront and Arendell Street.
In April 1997 a presentation was made about the NC Main Street Program and 65 people attended. From that group, a 17-member steering committee was formed, consisting of interesting downtown business and property owners, the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown MHC Merchant’s Association, and town and county government officials.
This group reorganized itself into the present Downtown MHC Revitalization Association in July 1997. Morehead City became a Main Street Community in 200. The organization was renamed Downtown Morehead City, Inc. in 2017.
Main Street America Accredited
As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
*All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
Accredited NC Main Street Community
Downtown Morehead City is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. Downtown Morehead City is charged with administering the program at the local level and building a public-private partnership to spur economic development in partnership with the state agency.
Executive Director, Kathryn Metts, recently celebrated her promotion from Assistant Director at Downtown Morehead City, Inc.! Kathryn loves working with DMC, Inc.'s volunteers and committee members, and enjoys being involved with projects that have a positive impact throughout the downtown area, such as public art, facade improvements, special events, and social media promotion.
Leah Andrews joins us as Downtown Morehead City Inc.’s new Assistant Director. Leah is a graduate of East Carolina University and has been a Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A for the last six years. After moving to Beaufort in 2021, she quickly fell in love with the history of Carteret County and looks forward to making a difference in Downtown Morehead City. In her free time, she loves to spend time on the water with her fiancé, Jacob.
Economic Vitality Committee (Co-Chair)
Kayla Brown (Board Vice Chair)
Promotion Committee (Chair)
Design (Chair), Economic Vitality, Promotion Committees
Tony Holloway (Board Chair)
Past Board Chair
Lori Tulloch (Treasurer)
Organization Committee (Chair)
Economic Vitality Committee (Co-Chair)
Downtown Business Owner & Resident