About Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. 

Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. (ECDI) is a downtown revitalization program with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. We are an accredited Main Street program through the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center, as well as Main Street America. Our goal is the beautification and revitalization of downtown Elizabeth City while maintaining its historical integrity. It is our mission to be a catalyst of revitalization for Downtown Elizabeth City. We do this by maintaining a focused and deliberate path to revitalizing and strengthening our downtown and downtown businesses.  Our program is based around transformation strategies implemented through comprehensive work in four broad areas known as the Four Points.

ECONOMIC VITALITY focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies.

DESIGN supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart.

PROMOTION positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics.

ORGANIZATION involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.

Funding & Spending

Funding -- Where our funding comes from

Investing -- How we re-invest in downtown

  • 69.9% is obtained by Fundraising & Grants

  • 15.2% -- Combined City and County Contributions

  • 14.9% -- MSD Fees

  • 47.8% Free community events

  • 36% Economic development, personnel, & marketing efforts

  • 8.7% Beautification

  • 4.5% Contributions, advertising, professional development

  • 3% Office expense