Washington Harbor District Alliance

Washington Harbor District Alliance (WHDA) is a non-profit organization focused on economic development in the downtown historic business district located on the water in Washington, NC. WHDA continues to be integral in Washington’s Revitalization and Reinvestment strategy for the Harbor District assisting the City of Washington with projects such as Festival Park, Maritime Center, and cohesive signage including the Wayfinding Project.


For Washington to be a charming, historic community with an inclusive, pedestrian friendly Harbor District where a diversity of small businesses and owners can flourish economically as a Central Business District On The Water.


The mission of the Washington Harbor District Alliance (WHDA) is to recruit and support businesses in the Central Business District while building partnerships that encourage preservation and promote the Harbor District as an inclusive, professional, commercial, cultural and residential community on the water.

Board of Directors

WHDA’s Board of Directors consists of community volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds who are devoted to helping the Harbor District grow & thrive. Board Meetings are held at 8:30am on the third Wednesday of each month at the Harbor District Market. The public is invited to attend.

Chris Furlough, President
Roland Wyman, Promotions Chair
Bill Cummings, Design Chair
Kim Asby, Treasurer
Leigh Furlough
Leesa Jones
Nicholas Blackford
Fred Watkins
Mac Hodges, Ex Officio
Robin McKeithan, Ex Officio


Meg Howdy, Executive Director

NC Main Street & Main Street America

WHDA is a member of the National Main Street Program and is one of North Carolina’s Main Street Communities under the Department of Commerce. Following the Main Street Four Point Approach®, WHDA operates four core committees: Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring.