About Us

PRESERVATION, VITALITY, CONNECTION keep Crawfordsville's historic core strong and appealing.  That's what we do.  Read how Main Street Projects SERVE those directives and how YOU can help downtown thrive.

Crawfordsville Main Street is a member of Indiana Main Street and a designated member of Main Street America/National Main Street Center, Inc. and Indiana Landmarks.  These programs offer guidance for building strong communities through preservation-based economic development.

Our Vision

Crawfordsville Main Street is uniquely empowered to address, in partnership with the public and private sectors, vital issues that affect downtown Crawfordsville’s growth, well-being and user-friendliness. 

 

Our team of volunteers and staff will serve our community with quality projects to make Downtown Crawfordsville a preeminent destination for those who enjoy the benefits of a vibrant and authentic historic small town. 

Our Mission

Crawfordsville Main Street exists to preserve and showcase the special history, beauty and character of the Crawfordsville Commercial Historic District.

In order to keep downtown strong and appealing, Crawfordsville Main Street works to:

  • Strategize healthy downtown development

  • Encourage historic preservation efforts

  • Market the downtown experience

  • Plan and promote downtown events

  • Support locally-owned businesses

  • Enhance and beautify public spaces

Using Main Street America’s Four Point Approach, our efforts apply the transformation strategies of Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion and Organization. This time-tested, comprehensive, market-based and community-led method provides a focused, deliberate path for strengthening the pride and economy of our city’s historic district.

Our Approach

The Main Street Four Point Approach, developed by the National Trust Main Street Center, is the proven method of healthy preservation-based development in historic commercial districts.  Below are the specific points which work together to build a sustainable and complete community effort.

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Strengthens downtown Crawfordsville’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base by encouraging the conversion of underutilized commercial space into economically productive property.

 

Helps sharpen the competitiveness of existing business owners and recruits compatible new businesses and economic uses to make downtown more responsive to today’s consumers.

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Creates an inviting environment for shoppers, workers, visitors and attractive gathering places for the community.  Design capitalizes on downtown Crawfordsville's historic buildings, pedestrian-oriented streets, and small-town atmosphere to promote an authentic and friendly place.  Good maintenance practices, preservation-based rehabilitation and building design, as well as sensitive new construction and long-term planning are vital aspects for sustaining historic core

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Cultivates a positive image that enhances community pride, while enriching consumer and investor confidence in our historic downtown.  This includes special events and campaigns that help sell the image and promise of the downtown district to the community and its visitors.

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Establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various public and private groups that have a stake in healthy progress for downtown Crawfordsville.  Assembles an enthusiastic volunteer base, as well as the appropriate annual financial resources from local investment to help carry the Main Street mission forward.  Seeks to enlist a broad spectrum of stakeholder perspectives into planning and implementing objectives, in order to create successful outcomes that benefit the entire community.

Crawfordsville Main Street is a proud Indiana Accredited Main Street and long-time member of Main Street America.

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CRAWFORDSVILLE MAIN STREET, INC

Time-Tested, Comprehensive, Market-Based and Community Led

Our Board of Directors, Program Manager and Team of Volunteers serving the mission all live and work in Crawfordsville/Montgomery County. Interested in serving? Contact Program Manager Sue Lucas to learn more:

sue@crawfordsvillemainstreet.com

Crawfordsville Main Street Board Members

Steve McLauglin - President

Lexi Klein - Vice President

Karen Thada - Secretary/Treasurer

Belinda Kiger

Greg Morrison

Michele Janssen

Lewis McCrary

Erin Azar

Cody Hargis

Crawfordsville Main Street Program, Inc is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, certified to do business in the State of Indiana since 2002. Fed ID #61-1408027. Donations to Crawfordsville Main Street may qualify for income tax deduction. Check with your tax preparer.

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“Crawfordsville Main Street is part of the Fusion 54 economic development collaborative made possible by the City of Crawfordsville and strategically located in the heart of our historic downtown. Our Fusion partners include the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Visitors & Convention Bureau, Wabash College Center for Innovation, Business & Entrepreneurship, and the Montgomery County Leadership Academy.  Co-working spaces at Fusion 54 may be rented on a month to month basis. To learn more go here:


 https://www.fusion54.com/