Downtown Newton Names N.C. Main Street Champion

NEWTON, NC (March 29, 2018)—The Downtown Newton Development Association named Summer Jenkins as the 2017 N.C. Main Street Champion for Newton.
Summer Jenkins
Jenkins is serving her second term as the secretary of the DNDA board. She is also the chair of the association’s Promotions Committee and has led efforts to grow downtown events and promotions to include the largest Halloween Spooktacular event ever hosted by the DNDA.

Highlights of Jenkins’ time working with the DNDA include fostering conversations to establish partnerships with local businesses to bring a summer concert series to Downtown Newton and beginning a billboard campaign to publicize all the great events in Downtown Newton throughout the year.

“Summer is the first person to step up when help is needed,” said Shannon Johnson, Newton Main Street Program coordinator. “She inspires other volunteers and downtown business owners. Her dedication to the success of Downtown Newton is genuinely evident every week of the year, and we are honored to have her as our N.C. Main Street Champion.”

Main Street Champions are individuals who work and advocate for downtown revitalization across the state. They are named through the N.C. Main Street Center, which provides technical assistance, guidance and training to participating communities. The Main Street Program aims to help selected communities restore economic vitality to their historic downtowns through a process developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The process, known as the Main Street Four-Point Approach, includes organization, promotion, design, and economic vitality.

Main Street Champions from across the state were recognized for their commitment to downtown improvements and strong communities during the N.C. Main Street Conference in Clayton on March 19.

“N.C. Main Street Champions go above and beyond to invest their time and talents with the goal of creating vibrant business districts in their communities,” N.C. Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland said. “We are proud to welcome these committed individuals into the ranks of Main Street Champions.”

“This year’s champions represent Main Street board members and special project volunteers, city employees, developers, business and property owners, artists and residents, all with a passion, drive and commitment to improve downtown,” said Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center.

Jenkins was one of 39 North Carolina Main Street Champions recognized for their commitment to downtown improvements and strong communities. This year’s group of Main Street Champions brings the total number to 678 individuals recognized by the N.C. Department of Commerce over the past 18 years.

For more information about the Downtown Newton Development Association and Newton’s N.C. Main Street program, visit or contact Shannon Johnson at or 828-695-4360.