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Downtown Development

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. 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.

The Downtown Economic Development Corporation (DOEDC) is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by a Excutive Committee and a 10-member Board and 3 ex-officio members whose purposes focus on downtown revitalization and enhancement while preserving the historical character of the business district and immediate surrounding areas.  In 2018, the City of Oxford was recommended for National Main Street Accreditation.

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.   

The DOEDC partners with the City, civic, and non-profit organizations to bring events to the Downtown area, such as unique Downtown "Shop Local" events, Movie Nights, the Annual NC Hot Sauce Contest and Festival, Spooktacular Candy Stroll, Lighting of the Greens & Christmas Parade and more. Visit our Events Page for details.  

We are thrilled to see The Orpheum  featured by WRAL news in their Tarheel Traveler series. Check it out here!
Fall Scavenger Hunt series beginning September 7th!  

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As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the City of Oxford is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Contact Us
For questions or assistance regarding new Downtown Business space ,the incentive program and/or events please contact  Downtown Development Director Mary Yount.
Mary Yount - Director DOEDC
Office - 919-603-1164
Cell - 919-612-0335

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DOEDC Documents8 documents

  • Downtown Oxford Historic Walking Tour Map
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  • Downtown Master Plan
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  • DOEDC Mission Statement
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  • Municipal Service District
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  • Facade Incentive Program
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  • Accreditation Press Release
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  • 2020-2021 Board Members
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  • 2020-2021 Meeting Schedule
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Online Resources1 document

  • DOEDC Online Resources
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