3. High Point
High Point’s downtown development organization, City Project, was initially folded into city government — until, that is, Executive Director Wendy Fuscoe was reassigned to another position in city government after pushing for the dieting of Main Street. City Project has since peeled off of the actual city, but hasn’t done much in its latest incarnation except raise money for architectural renderings for a proposed library plaza, which is awaiting consideration from council.
Downtown Greensboro Inc. (see this week’s Greensboro news story on page 13), the city’s private downtown-development group, has reshuffled its leadership, revamped its board and shuttled off cleaning duties to the city to focus on marketing and economic development. We’re giving the new configuration of DGI the benefit of the doubt, as the new board has just convened and the search for a permanent executive director is still underway.
The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, the Camel City’s private organization charged with promoting the urban districts, recently met to celebrate the culmination of years of investment and planning (see this week’s Winston-Salem news story on page 11). Among the good things that have happened on their watch are several new residential buildings, a host of fledgling businesses and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the big transformative project on the northeast flank of downtown.