Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. Board of Directors
The CDDA, Inc. is governed by an 11 member board of directors and is chaired by Richard Rairigh. Members may be residents of the Town of Clayton, business persons with interests in the Downtown Clayton area, property owners within the Downtown District of Clayton, or other persons with knowledge or abilities deemed beneficial to the purpose of the Association. Members of the CDDA, Inc. are also members of the Downtown Development Association Advisory who are appointed by the Clayton Town Council and serve 3 year staggered terms. The current members are:
- Richard Rairigh, President & Chairman - Clayton resident
- Michael Sims, Treasurer – Clayton resident
- Debbie Romano, Secretary – Clayton resident
- Betsy Grannis, Chair, Organization Cmte – owner Morning Glory Inn
- Debbie Austermuehle, Chair, Economic Restructuring Cmte - owner Main Street Jewelers & Clockwise & Otherwise
- Margaret Lee, Chair, Design Cmte – Clayton resident
- Vincent Lanzolla, Chair, Promotion Cmte- downtown resident
- Jan Hardison, downtown resident
- Donna Steele, resident
- Michael Grannis, Town Council, Ex-officio
- Bruce Naegelen, Downtown Development Coordinator, Ex-officio
- David DeYoung, Clayton Planning Director, Ex-officio
- Steve Biggs, Town Manager, Ex-officio
The CDDA, Inc. Board of Directors meet on the second Monday of each month in the conference room (GS223) of the Community Development Department at Town Hall in The Clayton Center, 111 E Second Street. CDDA Board meetings begin at 6:30 pm and are open to the public. If you would like to be on the agenda for a specific topic, please contact the CDDA office.
NC Main Street
Clayton, NC was selected as a NC Main Street Community in 2006, Main Street’s 4-Point Approach® to downtown revitalization. It’s an approach that joins historic preservation and economic development through Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring.
The Clayton Downtown Development Association follows the Main Street® approach to downtown revitalization which involves four standing committees: Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization, and Promotion. The Board of Directors and these four committees work simultaneously to achieve their separate goals and objectives by executing specific projects that have been identified as being necessary, appropriate, and realistic.
The boundaries of the CDDA’s area of concern is the Central Business District from Robertson Street to the west, US 70 Business to the east, Front Street to the north and Second Street to the south.
The mission of the CDDA, Inc. is to be the lead advocate for Downtown Clayton. It’s purposes include:
- Protecting and strengthening the business, cultural and entertainment environments in downtown Clayton.
- Providing services to those who shop, play and work in downtown Clayton.
- Serving as the voice of businesses and property owners in downtown Clayton with local and state entities.
- Supporting and coordinating long-term planning for downtown Clayton.