About the Downtown Garner Association
Board of Directors
Formed in 2005, the Downtown Garner Association (DGA) fosters downtown revitalization through the administration of Garner’s Main Street program in a public-private partnership with the Town of Garner. The organization received 501(c)3 status in 2007. This 5-9 member Board of Directors works with the town’s Downtown Development Manager to set strategic priorities for downtown economic development within a context of historic preservation. DGA’s Board of Directors meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm at 120 E. Main Street in Downtown Garner.
DGA develops a Plan of Work each fall during the board’s annual retreat to set priorities for the coming year. In addition, the Historic Downtown Garner Plan (2009) and the North Garner Plan (2003), developed with input from the community and adopted by the Town of Garner, continue to provide a long-term vision for this area.
Board of Directors
2020 DGA Chair
My first impression of Downtown Garner was that it was quaint but underdeveloped and underused. I would love to see Downtown Garner become a gathering place for the community and the heart of Garner. Somewhere people could grab a bite to eat with family and friends, before heading over to the local watering hole. A place to watch an outdoor movie, a play, or visit an art exhibit. A place people could meet up for coffee, go shopping at a local artisans market, or pick up fresh produce from the farmer’s market.
I joined the DGA Board of Directors so I can be a part of making our vision for Downtown Garner a reality.
Downtown Development Manager
As the Downtown Development Manager since 2015, I’ve acted as a liaison between the Downtown Garner Association and the Town of Garner. I’m responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the non-profit, running the town’s Main Street program, and supporting downtown businesses, property owners, and residents.
I’m the point of contact for downtown events including the Pop Up Market, Outdoor Movies at GPAC, and the April Foods Day and Trick or Eat food truck rodeos. I can assist with business and property inquiries – please contact me at 919-773-4402 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to discuss opening a business or developing property in Downtown Garner. My office is located at 120 E. Main Street in the Gearworks building.