Burlington hires Graham native, city resident as new Downtown Manager

Erin McClure Nettles has been hired to be Burlington’s next Downtown Manager. In this role, Nettles will be responsible for working with downtown merchants, property owners, and other stakeholders to continue downtown Burlington’s revitalization and maintain the city’s 34-year run as an accredited North Carolina and National Main Street community.

The Downtown Manager is a city employee working cooperatively with economic development and the Burlington Downtown Corporation, Inc.

She comes to the downtown leadership position with broad experience in non-profit management, event planning and small business. Nettles most recently served as the director of meetings for the American Society of Echocardiography, where she managed a $3 million event budget and produced more than ten events per year for audiences up to 3,000.

A native of Graham, Erin is no stranger to Main Street business. Her family has owned and operated Green & McClure Furniture in nearby Graham for four generations. “Being born and raised in Alamance County in a family with a small downtown business, I have witnessed first-hand the courage, determination, and resilience required of small business owners to achieve success. I look forward to working side by side with them to help them and Downtown Burlington reach its greatest potential.”

Nettles earned a B.A. in Parks and Recreation from UNC-Wilmington. She resides in Burlington with her husband, Whilden, son Tucker (5), daughter Tallulah (2) and their Cocker Spaniel rescue Colt.