The North Carolina Downtown Development Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional membership organization with a dynamic mission to advance downtowns throughout the state.  NCDDA is led by a 21-member volunteer board of directors, which meets quarterly.  Members include downtown development managers, coordinators and Main Street managers; economic developers; town planners; town managers; architects; landscape architects; developers; and other professions related to the development of North Carolina’s downtowns.

NCDDA President
Julie Metz
Goldsboro Downtown Development Director &
Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation Executive Director

Executive Director
Jason Epley, AICP, CPM
NC Downtown Development Association
PO Box 3392
Salisbury, NC 28145
(704) 305-4381; Fax (704) 933-6160

NCDDA Board of Directors

President (2017-2019)
Julie Metz, Director
Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation

President – Elect (2017-2019)
Mary Rose, Planning Director
City of Clinton

Past President (2017-2019)
Diane Young, Executive Director
Concord Downtown Development Corporation

Secretary (2018-2020)
Rick Thurmond, Senior VP for Community and Business Development
Charlotte Center City Partners

Treasurer (2017-2019)
Connie Kincaid, Executive Director
Hickory Downtown Development Association

Vice President/Technical Assistance (2017-2019)
Brian Borne, Assistant City Manager
Director of Downtown, Parks & Recreation City of Monroe

Vice President/Government Affairs (2017-2019)
Zack Matheny, President & CEO
Downtown Greensboro, Inc.

Vice President/Membership (2017-2019)
Bianca Shoneman, Executive Director
Uptown Greenville

Vice President/Education (2018-2020)
Naomi Riley, Coordinator of Downtown Services
NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center

Associate Director/Community Member (2018-2020)
David Maurer, AIA
Raleigh, NC

Associate Director/Corporate Member (2018-2020)
Patrick Reilly
Rehab Development

Associate Director/Professional Member (2018-2020)
Daniel Bellot
Rose & Associates

Associate Director/Associate Member (2018-2020)
Jennings Gray, Retail Development Specialist

Region 1, Mountain Region (2018-2020)
Buffy Phillips
Executive Director
Downtown Waynesville Association

Region 2, Southern Piedmont (2017-2019)
Vicki Davis, Downtown Director
City of Belmont

Region 3, Southern Coastal Plain (2017-2019)
Gene Merritt, Executive Director
Whiteville Downtown Development Commission

Region 4, Central Coastal Plain (2017-2019)
John Jesso, Downtown Development Manager
Downtown Rocky Mount

Region 5, Northern Coastal Plain (2018-2020)
Christina Caudle, Main Street Development Director
City of Roanoke Rapids

Region 6, Eastern Piedmont (2018-2020)
Sarah Edwards, Executive Director
Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation

Region 7, Western Piedmont (2018-2020)
Lizzie Morrison, Executive Director
Mount Airy Downtown, Inc.

Large Cities Director (2018-2020)
Bill King, President & CEO
Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Phone: 704.305.4381
PO Box 3392
Salisbury, NC 28145