By Diana Schwartz

“Over the past 35 years, the National Main Street Center has led the development of a national network of over 2,000 historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts – what we refer to as Main Streets – all united by these communities’ tireless dedication to create vibrant, people-centered places to live, work, and play. The people who make up the Main Street network are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their communities – catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place.” –National Main Street Center

Ocala Main Street is a local 501c3 organization that employs the National Main Street 4-Point Approach to Downtown Revitalization; Design, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Organization.  The Main Street Four Point Approach is a trademarked program of the National Trust for Historic Perseveration’s Main Street Center.  It offers a comprehensive strategy to commercial district revitalization.  OMS has been accredited by Main Street America program for the past two years.

The Ocala Main Street Executive Board consists of Bryce Peek, President; Angie Lewis, Vice-President; Angie Lester, Secretary; Tim Rogers, Treasurer.  OMS also enjoys a very strong relationship with the City of Ocala.

Just a few reasons to actively encourage the revitalization of the downtown are:

  • Build a positive image for the community
  • Create job opportunities
  • Save tax dollars
  • Preserve the community’s historic resources
  • Help to control sprawl

There are many ways to support Ocala Main Street; volunteering for a committee, sponsoring an event, becoming a partner, or attending one of the many events that will take place in Downtown Ocala.  But one of the most important things you can do is to shop our local independent businesses.  In order to build strong, vibrant communities, is vital to support local business that contribute their time and money to area schools, nonprofits, and charitable organizations.  Ultimately, the result of these efforts are places with strong and diverse local economy, social cohesion and innovation; a place where people of varied perspectives and backgrounds come together to shape the future.  For more information, drop us a line at info@ocalamainstreet.com, or check out our Ocala Main Street Facebook page for a complete listing of events happening Downtown.

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