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Miles Atkins Named Downtown Mooresville’s “NC Main Street Champion”

The Mooresville Downtown Commission (MDC) announces that Miles Atkins, former Mayor of
Mooresville, was named Downtown Mooresville’s 2023 Main Street Champion by the North Carolina Main Street Program at the March 2024 conference in Goldsboro, NC. The MDC is an active member of the program, which works to stimulate economic development within the context of historic preservation across the state. The Champion award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to downtown improvements and the betterment of their communities.

Miles Atkins has been a committed public servant in Mooresville for over 16 years, elected as a Commissioner At-Large in 2007, and then serving as Mayor from 2011 to 2023. During his tenure, Miles ensured Downtown Mooresville revitalization was a priority. He consistently stayed committed to Downtown improvements throughout his terms, implementing innovative, comprehensive planning strategies including both district inclusive and adjacent residential housing, proposed infrastructure and parking solutions, and economic development with a focus on the creation of public amenities within the Downtown district.

His advocacy resulted in the allocation of over $16.5 million in town funding to create public spaces, parks, and an outdoor music venue in Downtown that support the betterment and patronage of the small, locally owned businesses that make us unique. Miles’ passion and dedication, certainly helped Downtown Mooresville become the vibrant hub that it is today.

The MDC will be hosting the 2025 North Carolina Main Street Conference in Downtown. The three-day conference, held annually in March, is organized by the NC Department of Commerce and its NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center and is the largest statewide downtown revitalization conference in the country.

The MDC creates, facilitates, and promotes the vibrancy of the heart of Mooresville through engagement, support, advocacy, and leadership. For additional information, please contact Kim Atkins, Executive Director, at