Elkin Main Street Advisory Board

Elkin's Main Street Advisory Board is passionate about Downtown!


(right) Jennifer White (co-owner of Elkin Creek Vineyard) is the Chair of our MSAB, and Brittany Russell is our Vice Chair, as of June 2017.

About Us

If you are interested in downtown Elkin, North Carolina  – we are glad you are visiting our site. This is our online meeting place, where we organize our activities, share ideas, and publicize our mission. 

Our Main Street Advisory Board (MSAB) committee is comprised of 8 board members and representatives (ex-officios) from the Town of Elkin (Main Street & Community Manager), the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce (President) and Downtown Elkin, Inc  (President). Our board members serve a 3 year term, but these terms can also be extended. All members must apply for the position, and must be approved by the Elkin Board of Commissioners before serving on the board.  

Anyone who has a passion for downtown Elkin can apply for a seat on the board once there is availability. You are expected to attend a required number of monthly meetings throughout the year, volunteer for committees, and be an active contributor to our projects. We take our work seriously but enjoy the mission!  

If a position is not available, we gladly welcome volunteers and community members to attend our meetings and contribute ideas, so join us if you can each month. 

Contact us here.

Our Work

We work together to make downtown Elkin interesting, vital, creative, aesthetically pleasing, and a place our community can enjoy. 

The funds we use to reinvest in the downtown are from the Municipal Service District (MSD) tax fund. We use these funds to give vitality back to the downtown in many ways, such as banners, landscaping, facade and mural grants, and funding events along Main Street. 

(right)  An example of results from a facade grant awarded to a local building owner who wanted a new and exciting facade make-over. Our MSAB usually offers a 50/50 matching grant (up to $1000) for downtown merchants or building owners.  These are offered each Spring, and the focus for improvements can change each year. In the past they have been for back alley wall improvements, murals, or front facades.

ANNOUNCEMENT AUGUST 2016:  Free Broadband in Downtown Elkin 

Elkin's Main Street Advisory Board partnered with the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce for a grant to provide free WiFi in downtown Elkin.  A grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) was submitted and up to $10,000 was awarded by ARC to Elkin for this project to install equipment necessary for the WiFi coverage. 

The Main Street Advisory Board will match these funds (70/30 match) to pay for service fees so visitors to downtown can enjoy WiFi coverage along Main Street, sections of Market St and the Farmers Market, and also down at Crater Park.

We hope you enjoy your experience in downtown and please let us know if you experience any gaps in coverage. 

Thank you, Appalachian Regional Council, for seeing the value in our project request and making downtown Elkin a better place to live, work, shop, eat and enjoy!

Join Us!

Our MSAB meetings are open to the public and are scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.  Meetings are at the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce (116 E Market Street, in Elkin) at 9:00am.  Please join us if you are interested in contributing to or learning more about our plans for downtown Elkin.  Applications for any Elkin board can be found at Town of Elkin website. Click here.

Current board members are Teresa Smith, Jennifer White, Debbie Carson, Beth Duncan, Brittany (Eller) Russel, Don Hudson, Brian Horton, and Jeff Yockel.  Also 3 Ex Officios are on the board: Secretary & Main Street Manager, Laura Gaylord; President of the YV Chamber of Commerce, Myra Cook; and President of Downtown Elkin Inc, Larry Irwin. 

Elkin is a member of the NC Main Street Program, and the downtown as well as some adjoining residential neighborhoods are registered as historical districts on the National Register of Historic Places.

This website is sponsored by the Main Street Advisory Board, and is managed by the Town of Elkin's Main Street & Community Manager.

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Elkin is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

For further information about Elkin, visit whatsupinElkinNC.com and visittheyadkinvalley.com