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Downtown Development

Downtown Oxford catches the spirit of the past, enriches the present and embraces the future.  We are recognized as a National Register Historic District. Oxford takes pride in its historical, friendly, walkable community with an array of unique shops, restaurants, and business.  Family-oriented events and activities are planned for year-round enjoyment.


The Downtown Economic Development Corporation (DOEDC) is a 501 (c)(3) organization governed by 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.

Downtown Oxford Historical Walking Tour Map

2019-2020 Downtown Development Meeting Schedule 

Downtown Master Plan


The Oxford, NC., Main Street Program, in conjunction with its partners and stakeholders, instills action through promoting, planning, and implementing downtown revitalization initiatives..

Mission Statement

The City of Oxford in partnership with the DOEDC has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

See the press release


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.  For questions or assistance regarding new Downtown Business, please contact Mary Yount at 919-603-1164 or at  Applications and guidelines are located on our Permits, Applications, Forms and Fee Schedule page.

2018 Municipal Service District


The DOEDC partners with the City, civic, and non-profit organizations to bring events to the Downtown such as Unique Downtown "Shop Local" events, Movie Nights, the NC Hot Sauce Contest and Festival, Trick or Treat on Main, Lighting of the Greens & Christmas Parade and more. Visit our Events Page for details.  If you want to participate in or sponsor an event, please contact the Downtown Events Coordinator Mary Yount at 919-603-1164.

For the DOEDC meeting schedule, please click here
All meeting locations are at City Hall in the 1st floor training room unless noted otherwise. 


Online resources: NC Commerce – Start a Business… things to know before you start- (BLNC)

Sign up for small business classes with VGCC (many are free): Vance Granville Small Business Center.

NC District Office Small Business Administration:

Funding resource booklet:

Online Business Start-Up resource guide:

Main Street Solutions Fund:  (this funding requires a pre-application consultation with DOEDC, City of Oxford Development Director, Mary Yount (919-603-1164) and as funds are available through NC Commerce.

State Business Forms:

Main_Street_America       NC_Main_Street

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 who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places 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

Mary Yount - Director DOEDC
Office - 919-603-1164
Cell - 919-612-0335