Our 2018 Host Community … Clayton, NC
The 2018 N.C. Main Street Conference will take you to a town that’s more than doubled in population since 2000 – Clayton, N.C. Just 20 minutes from Raleigh, it’s home to some of the world’s largest companies, like Grifols, Novo Nordisk, Caterpillar and Bayer – and it’s the fastest-growing town in Johnston County, which was just listed in North Carolina’s Top 5 booming housing markets. That amazing growth and investment is most evident at Clayton’s heart – it’s downtown, where the Town and businesses have successfully partnered to preserve the small-town charm with more than $20 million invested in revitalization projects in the last decade – from a booming brewery in an old cotton mill, modern offices in a 1920’s Ford dealership…to jazz-infused cocktail lounges and rooftop dining restaurants in previously-abandoned Main Street storefronts.
Clayton also gets it when it comes to arts and culture, supporting inclusive and collaborate projects like the annually-rotating sculpture trail and public greenway system. The conference will be headquartered in two beautifully restored downtown schoolhouses, The Clayton Center, which serve as a performing arts venue and Town Hall.
Clayton is buzzing with progressive new projects and a thriving arts and small business community – the perfect place for conference attendees and exhibitors to make connections and share great ideas during the N.C. Main Street Conference.