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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 as well as a Main Street America Affiliate for 2022. 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 City of Oxford partners with the Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation (DOEDC) to enhance and maintain the economic vitality of our Central Business District. 

The Downtown Economic Development Corporation (DOEDC) is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by an Executive Committee, 10-member Board, and 3 ex-officio members whose purpose is to 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 and DOEDC achieved 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. 

Related Links:
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Instagram 
- DOEDC Main Website
- Main to Main Trail

Alyssa Blair, Downtown Development Main Street Director
Office: 919-603-1164
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As a Main Street America Affiliate™, the City of Oxford and DOEDC are part of a 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.

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DOEDC Documents10 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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  • 2021-2022 DOEDC Priorities
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  • 2020-2021 Priority Update
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  • 2020-21 Assessment
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  • 2022-2023 Board Members
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Online Resources1 document

  • DOEDC Online Resources
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