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Main Street Greenville promotes historic preservation and economic development, resulting in a cultural downtown district that attracts and retains businesses and entrepreneurs, making downtown a desirable destination.


The Main Street approach to downtown revitalization was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Trust saw an ever-escalating loss of historic commercial architecture and loss of community sense of history. To stop this trend, the trust began in 1977 to develop a model for downtown historic preservation. The process is a four-point approach to address organization, design, marketing, and business enhancement.


Main Street Greenville is a downtown affiliate member of Heritage Ohio. We work through a 15-member volunteer Board of Directors and much of our work is accomplished through volunteer committees. 


Click on the links below to learn more about each Main Street Greenville committee and their plans of work:



Why is our downtown


  • A vital downtown retains and creates jobs, which also means a stronger tax base. Long-term revitalization establishes capable businesses that use public services and provide tax revenues for the community.

  • Downtown is a good incubator of new businesses - the building blocks of a healthy economy. Strip centers and malls are often too expensive for new entrepeneurs.

  • A healthy downtown care can increase and protect property values in surrounding residential neighborhoods.

  • The traditional commercial district (downtown) is an ideal location for independent businesses, which in turn: keep profit in town, support local families with family owned businesses, support local community projects, provide a stable economic foundation, as opposed to a few larger businesses and chains with no ties to stay in the community.

  • A revitalized downtown increases the community's options for goods and services (food, clothing, professional services, housing, and entertainment).

  • Downtown provides an important civic forum, where members of the community can congregate. Special events and celebrations held downtown help reinforce an intangible sense of community. 

  • Downtown becomes a tourist attraction by virtue of the character of buildings, location, selection of unique businesses and events. 


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