History Mission FAQs Activities Benefits
|• Design Assistance
• Referral Services
• Rippling Effect
• Merchandising Techniques
• Coordinated Promotional Activities
• Increased Property Values
• National Resource Network
• Sense of Pride in Community
• Rent Stability or Increase
• Better Image
• Development of Tourism
• Educational Opportunities
• Increased Tax Base
• Healthy Public-Private Partnership
• Historical Awareness
• Communication among Business and Property Owners
• A Viable Downtown is a Draw for the Community
• ... and much more!
Strategies and Outcomes:
The organization committee’s strategy is to get everyone involved and moving in the same direction. They actively recruit volunteers and solicit memberships. Everyone has a job and they understand what they are supposed to do. A monthly newsletter is distributed community wide to keep the residents informed of Main Street activities.
El Reno Main Street has helped to establish a healthy public-private partnership, historical awareness, communication among business and property owners, business assistance, and a resource library available to the public at no charge for use of any materials.
Selling the image of downtown in a positive manner encourages investment in the area and creates economic vitality. El Reno Main Street has received 35 awards at the annual Oklahoma Main Street Banquet.
A few examples are: “Burger Day” – best special event; “Upper Story Tour” – best economic restructuring story; “Legacy Collection” – best fund-raiser; “Downtown Sidewalk Improvement Project” – best public improvement project; “Adventures in History” – best community education/public awareness; “El Reno Centennial Celebration at Youngheim Plaza” – best centennial celebration; “Heels and Hose Fundraiser” – best creative new event and the top 100 events, out of 38,000 in the nation, by Special Event Magazine.
The goal of the Design Committee is to restore the district to its original grandeur by capitalizing on our historic buildings. This is being accomplished by creating an appealing atmosphere through public spaces, signage, landscaping, window displays and pedestrian friendly sidewalks.
The Main Street Program has proven to be very successful. The single most important factor attributable to that success is the hundreds of volunteers who have given thousands of hours to the revitalization of downtown. The men, women, children and businesses who have given their time, energy, enthusiasm, creativity and financial support show true commitment to this community. They are sincerely appreciated and are to be commended for their dedication.
Many other exciting things are happening, or have happened, downtown. Any suggestions, concerns, or comments on how to improve the program are welcomed. Feel free to come by or call the Main Street office at any time.
El Reno Main Street
119 S. Rock Island
El Reno, OK 73036