American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

Great Places

APA-NC Names 2015 Great Places Award Winners

Seven communities in North Carolina have been recognized as Great Places as part of the 2015 APA-NC Great Places Awards Program. These communities represent some of the best planning efforts in North Carolina, and serve as models for visioning, partnerships, and collaboration.

In the Professional’s Category, the following communities were recognized for their Great Main Streets:

  • Mountains Region: West Jefferson (Jefferson Avenue)
  • Piedmont Region: Asheboro (Sunset Avenue)
  • Piedmont Region: Belmont (Main Street)
  • Coastal Region: New Bern (Middle Street)

Also in the Professional’s CategoryGoldsboro’s Center Street was recognized as a Great Main Street In-the-Making.

In the two People’s Choice Categories, almost 40,000 North Carolinians voted online for their favorite Greenway and Historic Rehabilitations.

  • Roanoke Rapids’ Roanoke Canal Trail was selected as a Great Greenway
  • Kinston’s 200 N. Queen Street was selected as a Great Historic Rehabilitation

Learn more about this year’s winners HERE.

2015 Expert Panel

Thanks to this year’s expert panel: DeWitt Blackwell, Jr, AICP; Jason Epley, AICP; Kim Fleming; Ben Hitchings, AICP CZO; John Morck, AICP; ;Bruce Naeglen; Zak Pierce, ASLA; Beth Poovey; and Rodney Swink FASLA. (Not pictured: Bob Mosher; Rodger Lentz, AICP, Mary Joan Pugh FAICP)

Program chairs: Jason Burdette, AICP and Ben McCrary.

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!

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

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.