Business Associations

Hickory Downtown Development Association Viewmont Business Association University Mill District Association Old Lenoir Road Business Association
Hickory Downtown Development Association (HDDA) is a private, non-profit 501(c)6 organization with a thirteen member volunteer Board of Directors. Funding for the organization is comprised of membership dues, grants, donations, and event sponsorships.

The general membership meets on a quarterly basis.

The HDDA sponsors Hickory Hops, Oktoberfest, Art Crawls, a Halloween Candy Crawl and partners with the City on the annual Tree Lighting on Union Square in Downtown Hickory.

For more information, contact HDDA Executive Director Douglas Stewart at (828) 322-1121 or at 

The Viewmont Business Association is an official City of Hickory business association.  The VBA reorganized in January 2015, and meets quarterly.

The big event each year for the VBA is the Viewmont Street Strut that is held the fourth Saturday of September. During this event, businesses have special sales, as well as musicians and artists are at many VBA businesses. It’s a great time for people of all ages.

2020 Meeting Schedule
January 14
April 14
July 14
October 13

All meetings are as follows:
5:30 p.m. Social

6 p.m. Membership Meeting
6:45/7 p.m. Board Meeting

The University Mill District Association is the City's newest business association.  The group will include Lenoir-Rhyne University and the "Mill District," which includes Hollar and Moretz Mills. 

Old Lenoir Road and its surrounding residential communities have been labeled as an up-and-coming arts/innovation district.  It is an underdeveloped district with proximity to “higher end” areas of town offering good car traffic and lower rent. For future development, the district is also surrounded by affordable housing on 11th Street, Geitner Road, and in Longview.  As a designated connector for the City Walk and Riverwalk, the City of Hickory has attributed over $4 million in partnership with the DOT for streetscape improvements to include sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping.  Revitalization is coming bit by bit over time, with businesses and artists moving into the area.

For more information, please contact JD and Meredith Ross (The Hickory Tree) at (828) 308-5343.

For questions related to starting or growing a business association, please contact Dave Leonetti, Business Services Manager via phone at (828) 261-2227 or via email at

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