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Downtown Clayton is the backbone of our economy - the heart of Clayton! This advisory board has a passion for preserving ALL that makes an ALIVE downtown!

The purpose of the Clayton Downtown Development Association Advisory Board, or CDDA Advisory Board, is to support the Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc., a 501-c-3 not-for-profit dedicated to improving downtown. The advisory board advises Town Council on issues that impact the Downtown District, including preserving and enhancing the character of the Clayton’s Downtown District; protecting the historic significance of the buildings, facilities, and spaces within the Downtown District; educating citizens and business people about the value of the Downtown District; promoting Downtown District as a place to invest; serving as a review and advisory committee to the Town of Clayton  Town Council; and implementing projects that enhance and protect the Downtown District.

The CDDA is an 11-member Town Council-appointed advisory committee that includes citizens who live inside the town limits, business people with interests in the Downtown Clayton area, property owners within the Downtown District of Clayton, or other people with knowledge or abilities deemed beneficial to the purpose of the advisory aboard by the Town Council. The Association works on behalf of the Town of Clayton and serves the Town's interests in relation to the goals and priorities established by the Town Council for the Town of Clayton. zThe Town of Clayton’s Economic Development Director or a designee serves as the liasion to this board.  

The CDDA, Inc. meets on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. Click here is the meeting calendar for 2021.

There are also several regular committee and subcommittee meetings where the public is also welcome. 

This downtown advisory board also helps to recommend businesses for facade grants to help spruce up the historic storefronts of downtown

Click here for the page that list our advisory board openings!  If you have great ideas you want to share, have skills you feel would benefit the community and have the willingness to give your time and energies to making this community great, please get involved and apply to serve on an advisory board! 

Click here if  you'd like to read the by-laws of the Clayton Downtown Development Association

Want to Volunteer?

  • Christmas Village and Tree Lighting: Assist with preplanning; Facilitate volunteers; Information booth; Provide support to key leaders; Location coordinator.
  • Town Square Concert Series: Assist with the 5-6 Town Square Concerts; Serve alcohol; Check IDs; Set-up and/or cleanup; Promotion; Information booth.
  • Material Distribution: Distribute event flyers and posters to downtown businesses, also occasional notices to businesses.
  • Fundraising and Membership: Work on fundraising, sponsorship and membership drives

If you would like to participate in the work of the CDDA, or if you have any questions, please contact the Economic Development office at 919-553-5002 or email us.


Betsy Grannis
Term Expires June 30, 2021 - Serving Since January 1, 2013

Neal Stancil
Term Expires June 30, 2021 - Serving Since August , 2018

Alison Kilpatrick
Term Expires June 30, 2021 - Serving Since August 2018

Erin Belcher
Term Expires June 30, 2022 - Serving Since July 1, 2019

John David Millican
Term Expires June 30, 2022 - Serving Since July 1, 2019

Laura M. Johnson - Chair
Term Expires June 30, 2022 - Serving Since July 1, 2019

Judy Ryan
Term Expires June 30, 2023 - Serving Since July 1, 2019

Heidi Peach
Term Expires June 30, 2022 - Serving Since February 2016

Christi Thompson
Term Expires June 30, 2023 - Serving Since July 2020

Shannon Austin
Term Expires June 30, 2023 - Serving Since July 2020

Bernice Lopes - Vice Chair
Term, Expires June 30, 2023 - Serving Since July 2020

Ex-Officio Members

Bobby Bunn, Council Member

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