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2023
ANNUAL REPORT

In our more than 40 years as a Main Street America organization and catalyst for economic development in Shelby, NC, the Uptown Shelby Association has done - and continues to do - incredible work in our community. Scroll down to see a few of our accomplishments, and read on to learn about our plans for continued growth and development.

2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Fred Blackley
President-Elect: Molly McKinney Huss
Past President: April Crotts
Treasurer: Jay Gragg
Secretary: Chrys Riviere-Blalock

Brit Payne

Crystal Gibson

Debbie Philbeck

Justin Longino

Laura Eslick

Micah Martin

Scott Sharp

Shelby Putnam

Stacy Walker

Spencer Borders

Susan Jones

Terry McCartney

ASSOCIATION STAFF

Executive Director: Carly Bostic 

Community Engagement: Kaitlyn McNeilly

Office Manager: Jenny Seykora

Bookkeeper: Anna Lineberger

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

FUNDRAISING

  • We raised approximately $12,500 through events such as Seeds in Season, Carriage Rides, and the Uptown Block Party. These funds benefit the facade grant program we provide to our Uptown Shelby merchants.

 

GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Athena Scholarship awarded to the Executive Director to attend Leadership Cleveland County

  • Received $200,000 from the NC State Funds to support the stabilization of the Rogers Theater

  • Received $16,000 from the City of Shelby from their Travel & Tourism Grant program

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Shelby Middle School Career Fair

  • Crest Middle School Career Fair

  • Gardner Webb Career & Internship Fair

  • Presented to Shelby Breakfast Rotary Club

  • Presented to Cleveland County First Gen students

  • Presented to Wofford Lifelong Learners

  • City of Shelby Employee Health Fair

 

EDUCATION & NETWORKING

  • NC Main Street Promotions Training

  • Chamber Lunch & Learn: Understanding Local Labor Trends

  • NC Main Street Conference

  • Nonprofit Impact Workshop

  • NC Main Street Economic Vitality Training

  • Chamber Lesgliative Breakfast

  • State of the City of Shelby

  • Retail Strategies Academy

  • NC MS&RP Statistic Training Webinar

  • NC Main Streed Executive Director Training

  • Grant Management Workshop

  • BNI Networking event

  • NC Main Street Design Training

 

IN THE MEDIA

EVENTS

  • March 21 & 22: Hosted Hilary Greenberg Economic Development & Planning Workshop

  • April 20: Cohosted along with Earl Scruggs Center, the Henhouse Prowlers Concert at the Bobby Bell Pavilion

  • May 4: Inaugural Uptown Block Party

  • May 18: Shelby Alive with Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats

  • June 15: Shelby Alive with Soulified 7

  • July 20: Shelby Alive with the Silver Travis Band

  • August 17: Shelby Alive with Chairmen of the Board

  • September 2: Earl Scruggs Festival

  • September 3: Earl Scruggs Festival

  • September 21: Shelby Alive with 80z Nation

  • October 14: Seeds in Season Annual Fundraiser

  • October 21: Livermush Festival (Land of Rhythm)

  • November 25: Small Business Saturday

  • November 25: Carriage Rides & Annual Tree Lighting

  • December 1: Carriage Rides

  • December 8: Carriage Rides

  • December 15: Carriage Rides

ECONOMIC VITALITY

The Uptown Shelby Association provides advice and technical support to existing businesses within the uptown area, and is responsible for recruiting new businesses that would strengthen and improve the economic base of Uptown Shelby. USA strongly encourages rehabilitating existing retail spaces, offices, residences, and other facilities.

PROMOTION

The Uptown Shelby Association sponsors special events, festivals, and promotional programs to attract more people into the Uptown district and create a strong, positive image with the public. Our promotional programs may range from large-scale events to modest shop local advertising and public relations efforts.

ORGANIZATION

The Uptown Shelby Association builds partnerships among diverse groups, following our vision, encouraging revitalization and development efforts. The board and staff of Uptown Shelby Association are also active in sharing responsibilities with other prominent community organizations and institutions. 

DESIGN

The Uptown Shelby Association works to strengthen the district's quality through architecture, street landscapes, traffic patterns, public amenities, and other techniques. Special attention is paid to historic restoration and adaptive reuse of existing properties, emphasizing the sustainable nature of the physical Uptown District. 

INTERESTED IN JOINING ONE OF OUR COMMITTEES?

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