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EL RENO MAIN STREET PROGRAM
Established March, 1988
The El Reno Main Street Program is part of a coast-to-coast movement led by the National Main Street Center that involves more than 2,000 communities across the country.
El Reno was accepted into the Oklahoma Main Street Program in March of 1988. Hundreds of volunteer hours went into completing a very stringent, and extremely competitive, application process. There are currently 39 Main Street communities in Oklahoma and many other hopeful applicants. A contract with the State is signed annually to maintain our designation.
The program is locally governed by a Board of Directors who are selected annually by the voting membership. Funding comes from investments from local businesses, professionals, property owners, concerned citizens and the City of El Reno. THE BOARD DETERMINES THE DIRECTION OF THE PROGRAM AND REALIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING HAND IN HAND AND COMMUNICATING WITH ALL OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY.
A community’s central business district often accounts for as much as 30 percent of the town’s jobs and 40 percent of its tax base. Main Street is more than an economic asset, it is also a community’s crossroad, a place in our hearts and minds that evokes strong emotions and helps define our identity.