Downtown Oxford catches the spirit of the past, enriches the present, and embraces the future and we are recognized as a National Registered Historic District as well as a Main Street America Affiliate for 2023. Oxford takes pride in its historical, walkable, friendly community with an array of unique shops, restaurants, and businesses. Family-oriented events and activities are planned for year-round enjoyment.
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Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation (DOEDC): The DOEDC is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by an executive committee, a 10-member board, and three (3) ex-officio members whose purpose is to focus on Downtown revitalization and enhancement while preserving the historical character.
DOEDC meets monthly at the following times and locations:
- Design Committee Meeting: Every first Monday of the month at 10:00 am, Strong Arm Bakery
- Promotions Committee Meeting: Every first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am, 105 Main Street (below The Hub on Main)
- Commerce Committee Meeting: Every first Wednesday of the month at 8:00 am, Oxford Oaks Distillery
- DOEDC Board Meeting: Every first Wednesday of the month at 9:00 am
Non-Profit/Community Organizations: The Downtown Development office strives to work and partner with community organizations and non-profits to bring a variety of support services, events, and activities to Downtown Oxford and the City of Oxford as a whole.
The DOEDC offers a Façade Incentive Grant program for businesses specifically interested in our historic downtown area as well as providing information for Starting a New Business. They also offer a listing of available business spaces to rent or purchase in the Downtown area.
*DOEDC and the City of Oxford are currently working to revise current incentive programs in order to develop additional resources for new business owners and business expansion/retention efforts. *
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- NC Main Street
Downtown Development Department Contacts:
Downtown Development Main Street Director
Brianne Elliot, Events Programming & Promotions Coordinator
Oxford is a North Carolina Main Street community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. Oxford's Main Street Program is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.
As a Main Street America Affiliate™, the City of Oxford and DOEDC is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
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