Our History

The National Trust for Historic Preservation developed the Main Street program through its National Main Street Center. In 1985, South Carolina joined the revitalization movement and established a statewide Main Street program. In 1986, Conway was chosen, along with 3 other cities- Aiken, Beaufort and Georgetown, as a founding program for Main Street SC, making Conway Main Street USA one of the oldest Main Street programs in the state.

A group of local citizens concerned about the economic health of Downtown Conway founded Conway Main Street, U.S.A., a non-profit organization run by a Board of Directors and a staff Executive Director. The Main Street program was a comprehensive, incremental approach to regenerating the economic vitality of downtown commercial districts, built around a community’s unique heritage and attributes. Using local resources and initiative, the Main Street program helps communities develop strategies to stimulate long-term economic growth and pride in the community center — downtown. This is done through several platforms – promotions, physical improvements and economic restructuring.

In June 2011, Conway Main Street USA stepped out from the South Carolina Main Street Program to form Conway Downtown Alive. CDA utilizes the Main Street approach to continue promoting and preserving Downtown Conway.

Board

Conway Downtown Alive Board of Directors
President: Ryan Foultz

Vice-President: Daved Kinard

Secretary: Lisa Thompkins

William Goldfinch

Ginny Horowitz

Davis Inabnit

Travis Overton

Renee Powell

Heather Whitley

Staff

Conway Downtown Alive Staff
Hillary Howard
Executive Director
Hillaryhoward@conwayalive.com

Ann Myers
Assistant Director
Staff@conwayalive.com

Kelli Thomas
Events and Communications
Events@conwayalive.com

Conway Downtown Alive Office
428 Main Street Conway, SC 29526
(843) 248 6260

Meeting Schedule

Board of Meeting and Directors

All meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 428 Main Street, Conway, SC 29526 at 8:00 AM.  April 2020 virtual meeting info available by emailing hillaryhoward@conwayalive.com.
Annual Meeting of the Membership: Third Tuesday in June at 5:30 PM
Please note no December meeting is held.

2020 Committee Meetings

All meetings are held at 428 Main Street, Conway, SC 29526 unless otherwise indicated. All meeting dates and times are subject to change. Please confirm date and time.

Promotions Committee
TBA

Design Committee
TBA

Organization Committee
March 30, 2020 @ 9 AM – CANCELLED

April 27, 2020 @ 9 AM-CANCELLED

Economic Vitality Committee 
May 18, 2020 @ 4 PM

Rivertown Music & Beer Festival Committee 
March 24, 2020 @ 5:30 PM – CANCELLED

April 21, 2020 @ 5:30 PM-CANCELLED

COVID-19 Relief Meeting
April 9, 2020 @ 2:30 PM-
Email hillaryhoward@conwayalive.com for meeting information