Hickory – The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center annually recognizes the efforts of dedicated individuals who have contributed to the success of local programs across the state. The NC Main Street Champion designation honors those persons who have made extraordinary contributions to their downtown.Business Services Manager

David Leonetti is the Business Services Manager for the City of Hickory where he currently oversees the city’s Business Development, Community Development, and Redevelopment programs. He has worked for the city in a variety of Planning and Community Development capacities since 2007. In his role as Business Services Manager, he works to ensure all of Hickory’s businesses have the tools and support they need to succeed. In addition, Dave has served as the City of Hickory’s staff liaison to the Hickory Downtown Development Association since 2017.

While serving as the City’s liaison to HDDA might be considered part of his job, the level to which he has fulfilled this duty goes above and beyond the downtown businesses’ expectations. Dave was instrumental in the collaboration between the City of Hickory and HDDA members during the streetscapes renovations and City Walk construction. Recently he worked with HDDA and other organizations to implement a new social district area in our downtown. Dave Leonetti serves on the Business & Membership Development Committee and is a valued friend and partner of the HDDA.