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ABOUT US

Learn more about who we are, what we do, how we came to be, and why we are proud to be recognized by our state and national Main Street programs. Scroll to meet our Staff and Board of Directors.

HISTORY

 

Envisioning an important port cutty, John Motley Morehead, the twenty-ninth Governor of North Carolina, and others carefully planned and designed 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 for residents and visitors alike. By following the Main Street Four Point Approach for downtown revitalization, DMC, Inc. facilitates intentional and sustainable growth of our commercial district with the guidance of our four, volunteer-led committees: 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 interested downtown business and property owners, the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown MHC Merchant’s Association, as well as town and county government officials. 


This group reorganized itself into the present Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association in July 1997. In 2000, Downtown Morehead City became a designated North Carolina Main Street Community, and the organization was renamed to "Downtown Morehead City, Inc." in 2017. 

MISSION

 

Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides leadership dedicated to small business growth by developing and sustaining an economically vital, socially active, and visually attractive downtown for residents and visitors.

​VISION

 

Downtown Morehead City is a year-round, walkable waterfront community in Eastern North Carolina with a strong fishing heritage.  Our coastal lifestyle is enhanced by local businesses, including art & entertainment, dining, professional services, recreation and shopping for residents and visitors.

MAIN STREET PROGRAM
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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 that 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.

 

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Kathryn Metts
Executive Director
kathryn@downtownmoreheadcity.com

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. 

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Accredited NC Main Street Community

Downtown Morehead City is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. Downtown Morehead City is charged with administering the program at the local level and building a public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.

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Leah Hardesty
Assistant Director
leah@downtownmoreheadcity.com

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 husband, Jacob.

Doug Brady
Economic Vitality Committee (Co-Chair)

 

Kayla Brown (Board Chair)

Promotion Committee

Jason Eure (Board Vice Chair)

Design (Chair), Economic Vitality, Promotion Committees

Tony Holloway

Organization Committee

Mark Kelly
Design Committee

Janice Rowe

Design Committee

Chrissy Suralik

Past Board Chair

Lori Tulloch (Treasurer)
Organization Committee

Ex-Officio Members

Steve Chalk

Promotion Committee (Chair)

Lisa Rueh

NC Main Street Grants Coordinator

Patti Schweis
Healthcare Professional

 

Sandi Watkins

Planning Director

Tom Kies

Organization Committee (Chair)

Michele Querry

Economic Vitality Committee (Co-Chair)

Keri McCann

Downtown Business Owner & Resident

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