Downtown Pittsboro scores recognitions

SoCo Pittsboro wins award for Best Outdoor Space improvement


Downtown Pittsboro has been reaccredited as a NC Main Street community, one of only 50 other communities across the state to receive the designation. It’s especially significant as Pittsboro moved up from the Small-Town Main Street program in 2022 and is competing against larger downtowns.

The accreditation examines six Main Street America performance standards for a downtown business district including community commitment to revitalization, inclusive leadership and organizational capacity, diversified funding and sustainable program operations, strategy-driven programming, preservation-based economic development, and demonstrated impact and results.

The Pittsboro Main Street program achieved high-level performance across all six metrics.

“Achieving accreditation is very rewarding to our community and downtown business owners,” stated Theresa Thompson, Assistant Planning and Downtown Director for the Town of Pittsboro. “This shows that our downtown program is progressing well relative to Main Street America standards, and our volunteer Board members are working diligently to improve Downtown Pittsboro.”

The Pittsboro Downtown Advisory Board currently has three openings, with applications due by Friday at noon. There are a number of different categories eligible including Pittsboro or downtown area restaurant, bar or business owners and managers, local landowners, contractors, architects, landscapers or real estate attorneys. Visit for more or to put in an application.

In addition, SoCo Pittsboro won an Award of Merit for Best Outdoor Space improvement at the 2024 NC Main Street conference last month. The project was recognized for creating a new and popular gathering space for residents and visitors.