American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

Great Places

About the Great Places in NC Awards Program:

Great Places in North Carolina is an awards program created in 2012 to highlight North Carolina’s Great Places and the communities and people that have created them. North Carolina is full of amazing places that make this state a wonderful place to live, bring important money and jobs into our economy, and keep our communities thriving. Many people work hard to create, sustain, and improve these places, including citizens, planners, business leaders, and elected officials. This is a chance for everyone to celebrate together! Join us as we celebrate the great achievements of our communities!

What is a Great Main Street?

Great Main Streets are those streets that you want to spend a little time in. They are streets for people, travelers, shopping, and dining. A Main Street might have wonderful fairs and festivals and other programming throughout the year to draw people in and create a sense of community. These Main Streets are important for local business owners and help to keep the spirit of the town alive!

Great Main Streets have worked hard to become examples to the rest of the state. The community has come together to create this success, with partnerships between planners, the business community, elected leaders, community groups, and others. They have taken steps to strengthen the Main Street and preserve a sense of identity and history within the community.

What is a Great Public Place?

A great public space brings people together. It’s a place where people play, exercise, sit and talk, eat, or just relax. It’s a place to take kids to play, ride a bike, study for a test, have a picnic, or to just enjoy the outdoors. It’s a place for people of all ages and serves many functions to the community. Public spaces are all shapes and sizes, and may have fields, playgrounds, a theater, trails, a dog park, or be used for community events like concerts.

Great Public Places also are the result of important community partnerships and efforts, often from years of hard work between planners, residents, businesses, community leaders, local groups, and others. The results are phenomenal and enhance the lives of residents, draw businesses, and bring visitors.

Want to learn more? Download the NC Great Places Presentation.

Congratulations to the 2014 Winners!

People’s Choice: Great Main Street
Morganton: East and West Union Street

People’s Choice: Great Public Place
Burnsville: Town Square

Professionals’ Category: Great Main Street
Apex: North Salem Street

Winston-Salem: Fourth Street

Hendersonville: Main Street

Professionals’ Category: Great Main Street “In the Making”
Wilson: Nash, Goldsboro, and Douglas Streets

Learn more about our 2014 Winners HERE.