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North Carolina Main Street Champions Honored
New Bern, N.C. - The 2019 North Carolina Main Street Champions, individuals that work and advocate for revitalized downtowns, were recognized for their commitment at a recognition ceremony in New Bern last month.
“Despite the short-term uncertainty in the global economy right now, vibrant downtowns will remain catalysts for North Carolina’s economic prosperity in the years ahead,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “These honorees have shown considerable creativity and dedication in improving their communities. We’re proud to honor their vision and hard work as Main Street Champions.”
N.C. Commerce and the N.C. Main Street program began recognizing Main Street Champions in 2000. “It’s long been well-known that successful downtown economic development doesn’t happen by luck,” said Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center. “There are always hardworking people behind these efforts, and we wanted to take time each year to put the focus on leaders who are making a real difference in their communities. Main Street Champions serve as a valuable thinktank for future projects and innovation,” Parham said.
Forty-five Champions will receive honors for contributions to their Main Street programs and downtown districts in 2019. With this year’s group, 766 Champions have been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Commerce over the past 20 years.
The 2019 North Carolina Main Street Champion for Troy, North Carolina is: Winston Dozier.
Winston “Win” Dozier has a heart for Troy and few people have impacted downtown as notably as him. Win’s public efforts are seen in the time he dedicates as a member of the Economic Development Commission. Behind the scenes, his philanthropic efforts have touched many areas including recreational youth sports (Dozier Field), cultural activities (TownStage Amphitheater), and economic revitalization (Discover Uwharrie Welcome Center). Each one of these projects has added value to the lives of residents of Troy and attracts visitors to our town on a regular basis. The Town of Troy is sincerely grateful for Win Dozier, a North Carolina Main Street Champion.
“On behalf of the Town of Troy Board of Commissioners and its citizens I say congratulations to Mr. Win Dozier for being recognized as a Main Street Champion by the NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center and the NC Department of Commerce. Mr. Dozier and his family’s commitment to the Town of Troy’s Main Street district, and the town as a whole, is not only seen by his financial contributions, but also by his commitment of time and energy to foster projects that showcase the character and pride of this great small town.”