Main Street Enid, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to revitalize our downtown and to strengthen its position as the heart of our city through organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring.
Organization: communicates the mission, encourages membership, coordinates volunteers, develops leaders and handles fundraising.
Design: gets Main Street into top physical shape to create a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors.
Promotion: markets downtown with a unified image, creates promotions, retail events and special events to bring people downtown.
Economic Restructuring: provides information and technical assistance to property and business owners on issues that impact the downtown district’s economy.
Loft Living: explores possibilities of converting more 2nd floors into residential spaces.
Public Art: coordinates art events and art pieces, large and small, temporary and permanent, professional and community-created.
Junior Main Street Program: get youth involved, empowering youth to make a difference downtown.
Enid Lights Up the Plains: handles all downtown Christmas decorations and everything involved in this annual event.
Downtown Enid History: collects historic photos and stories to be documented and shared
Board of Directors:
John Arend - President Corbin & Merz, Architects
Lisa Powell - Secretary Enid Regional Development Alliance
Crystal Harmon - Treasurer Wymer Brownlee
Cara Carson - Immediate Past President, Advisory Autry Technology Center
Kingkini Arend Corbin & Merz, Architects
Stela Jantzen The Felt Bird
Buddy Nicholas Nicholas Commercial & Nicholas Investment Company
David Hume Park Avenue Thrift
Roger Ediger Mitchell DeClerck
Jon Blankenship - ex-officio Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce
The Main Street Program
National Main Street Center… Main Street is a revitalization strategy used in more than 1200 cities in over 40 states. It was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C., in an attempt to encourage the imaginative use of business and government resources to support local downtown revitalization efforts. In 1980, the Trust formed an affiliate non-profit organization, the National Main Street Center (NMSC), to provide consulting and training services to cities and states undertaking Main Street program.
Oklahoma Main Street Program… In late 1985, the legislature created the Oklahoma Main Street Program. Housed in the State Department of Commerce, the Main Street program was originally designed as a demonstration program for cities under 50,000 in population. Since 1986, 44 communities have received technical assistance and training in the Main Street approach to downtown revitalization.
Main Street Enid… Enid became a Main Street city in 1994 and has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally as one of the premier programs in the country. Property owners, business owners, professionals, and volunteers serve on the board of directors and on various committees addressing issues such as facade improvements, special events, fundraising, networking and resource sharing. To date more than 12 million dollars has been spent on downtown improvements since 1994.