Vision Statement

East Greensboro will be a vibrant residential and commercial community that enhances economic opportunities and improved quality of life.

About East Greensboro NOW

In 1998, the City of Greensboro designated East Greensboro NOW (then known as East Market Street Development Corporation) as the lead agent working towards the revitalization of the East Market Street Corridor community. Within a few years, our efforts were expanded beyond the East Market Street corridor. Our name, East Greensboro NOW, intentionally and clearly reflects our commitment and focus on economic development throughout all of east Greensboro. Over the years, the staff and board have collaborated with a number of organizations, particularly the City of Greensboro, through a number of initiatives to address the appearance and the overall revitalization experience by executing positive development programs that benefit both the economy and the community.

The commitment to minority entrepreneurial development, community development, and the economic development of east Greensboro is, indeed, “Building the Bridge to Prosperity.” Since East Greensboro NOW’s inception, the community has seen significant economic development totaling over $250 million in a variety of ventures, such as: shopping centers, apartments, new businesses, streetscapes, and community centers.



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Mac Sims, EGN President

President since inception in 1997, Sims has experience working as a consultant/developer for community development corporations in Wilmington, NC and Washington, NC, regarding single-family housing development and construction, as well as tax credit experience for multi-family housing developments. Prior to EGN, Sims worked for Weaver Cooke Construction Company, LLC, serving in a variety of roles that included: commercial and residential real estate development, commercial and multi-family real estate management, business development manager and marketing manager for construction. He serves on a number of local advisory boards and boards of directors including Salvation Army, the YMCA, and Wellspring Retirement Community. He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.


Phil Barnhill, Executive Vice President

Barnhill joined EGN in 2008. He has over 10 years of finance/banking industry experience - consumer and commercial lending (including residential construction), retail branch management, credit analysis training, mortgage lending and CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) outreach responsibilities. His primary EGN duties include management of daily agency operations, economic development activities and entrepreneurship programming. Barnhill is a graduate of Wake Forest University. 

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Gail Foy, Administrative Assistant


Board of directors

Sharon Hightower (Greensboro City Council – District 1)

Ellen Moore (LaFacial Hair & Nail Salon)

Rev. Dr. Herman Platt (Wells Memorial COGIC)

Dorothy Vannoy (ITG Brands)

Dr. Goldie Wells (Greensboro City Council - District 2)

Carolyn Simms (Jonesboro Scott Park Neighborhood)

G. Mark Prince (Guilford Merchants Association)


Dr. Robert “Bob” Davis, Chair (Community Volunteer)

Andrena Coleman (Community Volunteer)

Ray Trapp (NC A&T State University Representative)

LaDaniel Gatling (Bennett College Representative)

Derek Ellington, Secretary/Treasurer (Bank of America)

Brent Christensen, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

John Harris, III (Community Volunteer)

Carolyn Coleman (Guilford Co. Commissioner - District 7)