Big Changes Coming!




On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 the City Council voted unanimously to accept the Report on an Arts & Entertainment District, commissioned by The Arts Council of Fayetteville / Cumberland County.

This report laid out recommendations for the creation of an Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Fayetteville.  A separate report by the National Main Street Project (AKA Main Street America) was commissioned by the Downtown Alliance in December, 2015.  That report, which was received and is being reviewed by the DTA Board, also recommends a downtown Arts, Entertainment & Dining District as an integral part of its overall growth and success strategy.


picture2Some of the benefits of building on the existing core of business and entertainment opportunities downtown are:

• Supporting the revitalization efforts already underway
• Creating greater evening and weekend activities
• Creating an identity around an existing concentration of cultural, dining, and shopping resources
• Establishing tourist destinations
• Strengthening local arts and cultural organizations
• Developing economic vitality

With the City’s acceptance of the report, a District Advisory Committee has begun its work of building the foundation of this new nonprofit organization.


But the success of this incipient project depends on the entire community – not just Downtowners, and certainly not just those currently working to make it happen!  If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and contribute (they’re called “workgroups” for a reason!), click here for info on how you can help.

With that in mind, the District Advisory Committee (DAC) will host public information and input sessions at 5:30 PM on the fourth Tuesdays of September, October, and November at The Arts Center, 301 Hay Street.













Read more about what’s going on:

Arts & Entertainment District Report

Main Street America Market Analysis & Transformational Strategy Report

Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel Report

A&E District Implementation Plan


Board & Committee Information, Upcoming Meetings, and Meeting Minutes Here



If you are interested in participating in one of the workgroups, please contact Sam DuBose at the Downtown Alliance:  910-222-3382 or by email