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City of Lenoir Wins Multiple Meaningful Awards

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At the 2019 North Carolina Main Street Conference, held recently in Salisbury, the City of Lenoir Main Street Department took home four awards – and that’s more than any other city in the state.

We were honored for “Best Innovation”, “Best Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Recognition”, “Best Downtown Special Event or Event Series”, and “Best Image-Building Campaign”.

As Mayor Joe Gibbons expressed it, “It was kind of like being state champions of the North Carolina Main Street communities.”  Giving credit to the people who worked so hard on the programs and events, he said the awards are proof that efforts to make Downtown Lenoir a destination are paying off. 

Downtown Economic Development Director Kaylynn Horn said she was thrilled to receive so many honors.  “I was hopeful that we would win,” Horn said. “But I was thrilled to find out that we had won four awards.”

“Carolina Tattoo and Arts Gathering” organizers Chris and Kristy Hollifield accepted the “Best Downtown Special Event or Event Series” presentation.  Main Street Coordinator Kyle Case said its success surprised a lot of people, including him.

“I thought, “A tattoo festival?  In Lenoir?” Case recalled. “But the event is really popular and draws a lot of new people into downtown.”

“I’m very proud of our Main Street Department, of Kaylynn and Kyle, and the work they’re doing,” Mayor Gibbons said.  “It takes a lot of people to make a great downtown. It takes business owners, volunteers, city staff, a supportive Council, and residents. We all have to work together, support each other, be flexible when we can, and pat each other on the back.”

Buyers of Lenoir NC real estate soon come to feel the sense of belonging that makes this such a great place to live in Western North Carolina.

“Governor Cooper mentioned the state’s new ‘Downtown Strong’ initiative, and that’s very important,” Gibbons stated. “We hold these events and invest in downtown because we want to do what we can to improve the quality of life for our residents. We want to help build a strong downtown and a strong city that our residents will want to call home.”

During the awards ceremony, one audience member said, “Downtown Lenoir is a happening place!”

There is a lot a lot happening here, but Gibbons and Horn stress that the work isn’t over.

“We have a lot of energy in Downtown Lenoir right now,” Horn said. “We’ve had several businesses open. People are buying and developing properties. The community is coming downtown to eat and to shop. We need to keep this momentum going and we can do that by supporting each other and working together.”

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we stand behind those efforts and appreciate the value of being in this very special place.  Owning Lenoir NC real estate affords us the opportunity not only to enjoy the many natural benefits of living in the Blue Ridge foothills but also to help the city maintain its traditions and small-town appeal while growing in new and attractive ways to meet our needs.

Here, we have the best of both worlds.  We’re not fighting city traffic to get around, we’re breathing fresh, healthy mountain air year-round, we have a wealth of outdoor activities available, and our surroundings and views are incredibly beautiful.  And, we get to enjoy the dynamic town of Lenoir, where there’s always something fun going on.

Your very special piece of Lenoir NC real estate is waiting at The Coves Mountain River Club.  Stop by soon, and let us show you how wonderful life here can be.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

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