The Historic Downtown Residents Association (HDRA) is a neighborhood residents association, organized in 1997 and incorporated in 1999. 


HDRA's goal is to promote a close-knit community and to preserve the unique historic character of our downtown area. 

We are a non-profit, member-supported, volunteer organization that provides a unified voice for our members and works diligently to protect, preserve, and improve our community.




Since we're an all-volunteer organization, your involvement can make a difference. Consider volunteering as a committee member or if you don't have a lot of time, consider assisting us during one of our events. Whatever your interest, HDRA has an opportunity for you!

Vice President

Mike Ruff


Betsy Clagett

Appearance Committee

Peggy Broadway

Works with:  NB Parks & Rec, NB Appearance Commission, NB Historic Preservation Commission, Garden Clubs, Master Gardeners, Garden Centers, Tryon Palace, Preservation Foundation, Historical Society


Business Outreach Committee

Rob Overman

Works with: Downtown Businesses, Chamber of Commerce


Communications Committee

Val Ruland-Schwartz

Works with:  HDRA Board & Committee Chairs, Website, Design, Google Groups, Facebook, Instagram


Community Outreach Committee

Mike Ruff

Works with:  Community/Neighborhood Associations, Preservation Foundation, Historical Society, Churches


Membership Committee

Nikki Ingianni

Works with:  Newcomers' Club, Realtors, and Churches


Government Outreach Committee

Rick Krauss

Works with:  NB Administration, NB Board of Aldermen,  NB Dept Heads (Dev Services, Engineering/Water & Sewer, Fire Rescue, Police, Public Works), NB Boards & Commissions


Social Committee

Paula Jessup

Works with:  Owners/operators of businesses, restaurants, and other venues




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