About Us

Our mission is to create a positive atmosphere for downtown Lawrenceburg by recruiting new business, promoting community pride, and developing economic tools to help make Lawrenceburg a better place to live, work, play & invest through our public/private partnerships.

About the National Main Street Program:

The National Main Street Program was created more than 30 years ago by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  At that time, it was obvious that many downtown areas had been negatively affected by the development of interstate roads and the flight to the suburbs.  Once bustling businesses were now vacant and buildings were deteriorating.  In an effort to preserve and restore vitality to these areas, the National Main Street program was created.  Our neighbor Madison, Indiana was one of the first prototype communities in which the program was tested.  Today the program has grown to over 2,000 communities across the United States, and there are 37 statewide programs, including the State of Indiana.

Lawrenceburg Main Street – Structure & Organization:

Lawrenceburg Main Street is a non- profit, tax exempt corporation that serves an area that extends from US50 south to the Ohio River bounded by Tanners Creek on the west and the Casino on the east, as well as the area north of US50 to the Greendale boundary bounded by Tanners Creek on the west and the school corporation to the east.

The Lawrenceburg Main Street Association was established in the late 1990’s, with the support of the City of Lawrenceburg, to promote economic development in the downtown area.  In 2004, the association became a tax exempt corporation, Lawrenceburg Main Street, Inc.  Currently, LMS holds membership in both the National Main Street and Indiana Main Street programs, which provide educational and resource support.  Main Street and the City have developed a strong partnership, working hand in hand to make the downtown attractive to both local residents and visitors.

Lawrenceburg Main Street is supported by a 3 full-time staff members, and is directed by a board of 10 civic and business leaders. The organization is comprised of committees dedicated to fulfilling the 4-Point Program uniquely designed for Main Street Programs, as described below.

Main Street 4-POINT PROGRAM:

Like other Main Street organizations, our local program has been developed to follow the National Main Street’s 4 Point Program that revolves around the principles of Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion.  It is a unique preservation based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtowns and business districts by leveraging local assets.  The 4 Point Program in Lawrenceburg has been adapted to maximize the use of available resources to meet the specific needs and challenges of this community.

1 – DESIGN

Goal: Convey a positive visual message about the Downtown and what it has to offer

To achieve this goal, Lawrenceburg Main Street implements the following practices:

  • Administers a Paint / Façade Grant Program for both Commercial and Residential
  • Administers a Sign / Awning Grant Program
  • Building Improvement Grant Program to Promote the Rehabilitation of Commercial Spaces as well as Second Floor Residential in Multi Use Buildings
  • Works with the City to Promote the Planting of Real Flowers
  • Developing a Banner Program for Walnut Street
2 – ECONOMIC VITALITY

Goal: Boost the Profitability of the Main Street District

To achieve this goal, Lawrenceburg Main Street implements the following practices:

  • Coordinate efforts with the City and ARA on the Small Business Grant Program
  • Provides funding and support to ensure the availability of a local full time SBDC rep ….SBDC provides free one on one counseling to small business
  • Recruits new businesses and provide a jump start with a Grand Opening package that includes radio time, print advertisement and promotion, and assist in planning the opening event
  • Assists existing businesses and new businesses on an ongoing basis with all available resources
  • Initiated the Building Improvement Grant Program which improves the appearance of buildings, but also adds to their real estate value
  • Administers the New Housing Grant Program for the City
  • Retains information on all available properties in the Main Street district and assist prospective businesses seeking a location
3 – ORGANIZATION

Goal: Build Consensus and Cooperation Among the Various Stakeholders

To achieve this goal, Lawrenceburg Main Street implements the following practices:

  • Board of Directors that is Representative of the Interests of the Main Street District
  • Committees…Music on the River, Strategic Planning and one representing each of the 4 points of the program
  • Membership campaign
  • Annual Meeting
  • Regular Attendance at City meetings and other events and programs to represent the interests of Main Street
  • Networks with other agencies and non-profits
  • Maintains a Website that Serves the Interests of the Membership and the Downtown
4- PROMOTIONS

Goal: Position the downtown district as the center of the community and the hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics & Improve Consumer and Investor Confidence in the District and Encourage Commercial Activity and Investment

To achieve this goal, Lawrenceburg Main Street implements the following practices:

  • Event Planning to Bring People to the Downtown
    • Music on the River concert series
    • Party in the Street
    • Winter Wonderland
    • Valentine’s Day restaurant promotion
    • St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
    • Community Yard Sale
    • Youth Day
    • Support Breakfast with Santa and with the Easter Bunny
  • Marketing and Advertising
    • Monthly full color newspaper insert, “What’s Up in Downtown Lawrenceburg”
    • Newspaper ads announcing events, Grand Openings and special promotions
    • A consistent schedule of radio advertising
    • Website that provides information on Main Street programs, events, grant programs and available property

MAIN STREET DISTRICT

Lawrenceburg Main Street serves the downtown area which is defined by Tanners Creek on the west, Hollywood Boulevard and the levee on the east, the Lawrenceburg-Greendale boundary line on the north and the Ohio River on the south.

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Downtown Lawrenceburg Farmer’s Market
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Downtown Lawrenceburg Farmer’s Market
Newtown Park, Lawrenceburg - 08/19/2017 09:00 AM
Music On The River
Downtown Lawrenceburg - 08/24/2017 07:00 PM

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