The Town of Valdese was designated by the State of North Carolina on August 2, 2013 as a North Carolina Small Town Main Street Community and in the spring of 2015 was promoted by the State of North Carolina to a Main Street Community.
Settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains entrenched in the spirit of the Waldenses, downtown Valdese, just off I-40 in Burke County, welcomes the entrepreneurial spirit to join the 15 new businesses that have opened since 2014. Downtown is forging the future as a safe, balanced, and family oriented third place center that is also devoted to the celebration of its culture, utilization of natural resources, and innovative thinking that guarantees a sustainable future for all people. (Adopted 2019)
The Valdese Main Street Program is focused on continuing promotion efforts of natural amenities, unique Waldensian Heritage and the vibrant downtown district. Committee members are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life that is developed through encouraging new business, downtown walkability and the overall cultural spirit of Valdese.
As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Valdese Main Street Program is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by Main Street America.