Tarboro hires new Main Street coordinator
By Lindell John Kay
Monday, November 28, 2016
Tarboro has hired a new Main Street coordinator with a track record of improving North Carolina downtowns.
Brad J. Guth brings a wealth of experience to Main Street Tarboro through his 20 year career in Main Street and community development, said Tarboro’s Planning Director Catherine Grimm.
Most recently Guth was the Business and Community Development Director for the city of Lincolnton.
During his tenure in Lincolnton, the city received more than 20 recognitions including Best Promotion, Best Economic Development Incentive Program, Best Building Rehab, Best Innovation and Best Branding and Image Building Campaign.
More than $30 million was invested in downtown Lincolnton during Guth’s time there. In his work with Lincolnton, Guth received 14 N.C. Commerce Department recognitions for programs he implemented. Among his many accomplishments, he helped create the Catawba Valley Pottery Center.
Prior to working in Lincolnton, Guth ran Pride of Kinston, a downtown redevelopment program given credit for the rebirth of that Eastern North Carolina city's downtown area.
Guth was awarded the 2015 Spirit of King Award from the Lincoln County NAACP and Coalition of Black Churches; Volunteer of the Year from the United Way of North Carolina; and a special service commendation from the Lincolnton City Council.
Guth has been a member of multiple professional associations including the International Economic Development Council, the American Planning Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the North Carolina Downtown Development Association.
He also served on a number of local and statewide boards including the North Carolina Downtown Development Association, United Way of Lincoln County, Lincolnton Rotary, Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity, Lincoln County Historic Properties Commission, the Lincoln County Historical Association and the Pitt County Planning Board.
Guth has a bachelor’s degree from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and a master’s degree in planning with a dual concentration in economic development and historic preservation from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has a Certificate in Economic Development from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and a Certificate in Municipal Administration from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Guth is married to Leigh Allen Guth, the cooperative extension director in Pitt County. The Guths have twin daughters who are in the eighth grade.