Main Street Champions

NEWTON, NC (March 21, 2019)—The Downtown Newton Development Association named Newton’s Parks and Recreation Department employees as the 2018 N.C. Main Street Champions for Newton.
Newton Parks and Recreation Department
According to the nomination for the award, Newton’s Parks and Recreation employees exceed expectations when providing support for events and activities in Downtown Newton. Staff have assisted with restructuring downtown community events and helped make events economically beneficial for businesses while retaining their character and authenticity. The department provides materials and labor for every downtown event, and Parks and Recreation staff are known for solving problems before event staff and volunteers are even aware of issues.

“Newton is fortunate to have so many staff and volunteers working to make sure our downtown is a vibrant place for residents and visitors,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “I congratulate the staff of the Newton Parks and Recreation Department on this award and thank them for working throughout the year to support the work of the Downtown Newton Development Association.”

“The employees of the city of Newton’s Parks and Recreation Department are dependable, appreciated, and essential to the success of Downtown Newton,” said Shannon Johnson, Newton Main Street Program coordinator.

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 Salisbury on March 14.

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.