Our Committees

ADDC follows a process called the Four Point Approach: Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality, & Design. These pillars help to support our mission. This approach is a comprehensive revitalization process designed to improve all aspects of a downtown, producing both intangible and tangible benefits.

Organization Committee

The Organization Committee keeps our house in order!  Are you good at coordinating efforts and managing small projects?  We have some options for you.

Purpose of the Organization Committee

The Organization Committee plays a key role in keeping the board, committees, staff, and plan of work in good shape by attracting people and money to the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Planning and conducting the annual training for the Board of Directors
  2. Work to building new sources of funding for a portion of the program’s total annual budget
  3. Acquaint new board and committee members with Downtown Albemarle’s goals, activities, policies, and procedures

Current Projects

  1. Establish an annual sponsorship program and cultivate two new corporate sponsors in support of our events and activities.
  2. Establish a small volunteer recognition award system.
  3. Develop a ‘Friends of Market Station’ committee to assist with planning and utilization of the depot and surrounding facilities.
  4. Investigate other communities’ use of revolving loan programs to stimulate economic growth in downtown and report on best practices.

Committee Members

Melanie Holles-Chair

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Promotion Committee

Are you outgoing, enjoy having loads of social media “friends”, a great marketer, always involved in your [Fill in the blank] _________________[neighborhood outings, kids sporting events, church functions, youth events, other]  AND… (most importantly!) Do you want to see Downtown Albemarle flourish? If this sounds like you, then we can use your talent.

Purpose of the Promotion Committee

The job of the Promotion Committee is to PROMOTE downtown as the center of commerce, culture, and community life for residents and visitors alike.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Monitor community and consumer perceptions of the downtown and seek to reverse negative attitudes and build on positive ones
  2. Build strong network of volunteers to help implement promotional programs and establish good working relationships with community organizations, charities, school clubs, and other groups that might participate in promotional activities
  3. Assist the committee chair to prepare an annual plan of work for the committee.
  4. Assist with marketing the Board approved annual events
  5. Work toward building new sources of funding for the promotional budget.
  6. Monitor the effectiveness and economic impact of special events.
  7. Establish a sound working relationship with local media

2019-20 Promotions Committee Members

Nancy Lipe, co-chair

CaShaun Miller, co-chair

Lisa Kiser

Mary Stokes

Tracy Davis

Heather Britt

Josh Boyer



*Meetings are the third Tuesday monthly at 5:15 pm at The Depot at Market Station.

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Design Committee

Are you into design and architecture?  Do you love to beautify the places you frequent?   If the answer is yes, then we need you to help us beautify Downtown Albemarle!

Purpose of the Design Committee

The Design Committee plays a key role in shaping the physical image of Downtown as a place that is attractive to shoppers, investors, business owners, and visitors.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist the committee chair to prepare an annual plan of work and budget for the committee
  2. Review all Façade Grant applications upon receipt.  Make recommendations as needed
  3. Work with the City of Albemarle to guide the future growth and impact of the district through changes in policies and ordinances
  4. Continue to review and expand the visual and functional enhancements in the ADDC service area
  5. Promote awareness of downtown design and historic preservation issues throughout the community and monitor design changes throughout downtown
  6. Continue to raise funds for the downtown plantings with the Holiday Tour of Homes event

Current Projects

  1. Planning the Tour of Homes event
  2. Assisting the City of Albemarle Planning and Community Development Department with a suggested building maintenance code
  3. Awarding downtown businesses with a “Downtown Business Award
  4. Raising funds to continue the Facade Grant Program

Committee Members

Kent Harkey, chair
Joyce Lambert
Richard Lambert
Gina Martin
Elizabeth Roberts
Karmen Russell
Mary Senter

Ross Holshouser


*Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 5:30 pm in the Community Room of City Hall

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Economic Vitality Committee

Do you want to see more viable businesses make Downtown Albemarle their home? If you have a mind for business and want to help us create opportunities for business growth in downtown, then we need your talent!

Purpose of Economic Vitality Committee

The job of the Economic Vitality Committee is to identify new market opportunities for the Municipal Service Tax District (MSTD) by finding new use for historic commercial buildings and stimulate investment in property.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Promote the downtown as a good place for business
  2. Assist the committee chair to prepare an annual plan of work for the committee.
  3. Identify ways to help strengthen existing businesses.
  4. Recruit complementary businesses to fill building vacancies
  5. Identify ways to develop underutilized space in the ADDC service area.
  6. Maintain a building inventory.
  7. Build relationships with other organizations who share an economic development focus.
  8. Monitor sales leakage

*Meetings on the third Wednesday monthly at 5:15 PM in the Ray Allen Room of Albemarle City Hall.

Committee Members:

Mark Donham, Chair

Alicia Herrin

Allan McGuire

Bob Tierney

Chris Bramlett

Gerald Poplin

Glen Alford

Kathy Almond

Martha Hughes

Mayor Ronnie Michael

Nancy Joines

Tommy James

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Other Volunteer Opportunities
            Stanly County Winter Wine Festival Committee:

Meets monthly from August through February when the festival takes place. Recruits event sponsors and vendors, assists with promotion of the festival, and organizes logistics and volunteers to help the day of the event. Email ADDC Director Joy Almond at jalmond@albemarlenc.gov for more info.

                   Outdoorsman’s Bonanza:

This fun raffle of sportsmen’s/sportswomen’s gear takes months to plan, from advance ticket sales to day-of logistics. If you have experience with mass mail processing and/or data entry, we’d love to have your assistance in the ADDC office during the months of January-February. Email ADDC Director Joy Almond at jalmond@albemarlenc.gov for more info.


Green Thumbs of Downtown Albemarle:

Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy digging in the dirt? Are you looking for a volunteer project for your civic or work group? Then sign up to join the ‘Green Thumbs of Downtown Albemarle’. The ADDC keeps this group informed of dates and times that we need help with seasonal flower plantings, as well as planting our hanging baskets. Please email ADDC Director Joy Almond at jalmond@albemarlenc.gov to be added to this list. You will receive an email from our ‘signupgenius’ app as dates are scheduled for future plantings.

  Santa’s Helpers:

Does the sound of Jingle Bells get your heart thumping? Do you get wrapped up in the nostalgia of strolling through Downtown during the holiday season to window shop and enjoy the festivities? If so, then bring your Christmas spirit to join our group of Santa’s Helpers! Email ADDC Director Joy Almond at jalmond@albemarlenc.gov to find out about ways to assist at Downtown holiday events, as well as the upcoming Holiday Pop-Up Market & Welcome Center. Retail or gift wrapping skills are a plus!

Get In Touch

144 N Second St. Albemarle, NC 28001

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2123 Albemarle, NC 28002

Telephone: 704-984-9415

Email: admin@albemarledowntown.com

Hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm

NC Main Street Designated CommunityAlbemarle Downtown Development Corporation (ADDC) is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center.  ADDC 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.