Downtown Development Association

Morganton DDA LogoThe Morganton Downtown Development Association (a.k.a. DDA), originated in 1985 as a membership based organization for local merchants and business owners in Downtown Morganton, NC.

With a primary focuses of advocacy, lobbying, and sponsorship, membership in the DDA also offers a unique networking opportunity with local business owners who face similar challenges and successes.

Board of Directors


  • Jamie Hall, Lake James Real Estate, Board President
  • Linda Knollmeyer, The Natural Olive, Board Vice President
  • David Jernigan, State Farm Insurance, Board Treasurer
  • Charlotte Eidson, Awakenings Spa
  • Polly Leadbetter, Lake James Real Estate
  • Beth Hicks, Morganton General Store
  • Don Haugen, Haugen-Carver Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Angela Shores, Adventure Bound Books
  • Suzy Fitzgerlad, Fitzgerald Nursery, The Meeting Place
  • Ex-Officio - Mike Casey, ServePro of Burke County; Deborah Jones, Burke Arts Council

Community Outreach

The Downtown Development Association has a strong foundation of community outreach and interaction.

For example, DDA Members:

  • Serve on advisory boards that affect downtown life and business
  • Sponsor various downtown events, like the TGIF Summer Concert Series
  • Support and develop marketing programs for downtown
  • Provide a consistent voice for the small business owner of Downtown Morganton
  • Conduct the Annual ACC Chili Cook Off fundraiser!
  • Plan and direct the Annual Downtown Morganton Halloween Trick-or-Treat, Costume Contest and Carnival
  • Plan and facilitate the Annual Downtown Christmas Parade

DDA members are encouraged to become involved with any or ALL of these community projects and events! In addition to membership, the Board of Directors invites members to attend the monthly board meetings at the Main Street Office (112B West Union Street), which are held the first Tuesday of each month.

Want to get involved?

It's easy to get involved with the Downtown Development Association!

Just call or e-mail and we will happily send you an application!

Questions? Contact Charlotte Eidson, Board President at 828-443-9347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Abby Gentry at the Main Street Office (828) 438-5252 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..