Mission & Values

Our mission is to make historic Downtown Elyria the “Vibrant Heart of the City”.

Main Street Elyria has a set of six vision statements that guide us in our everyday work. They are as follows:

  • Downtown Elyria will be an economically viable business district consisting of the greatest concentration of retail, restaurant and offices.
  • Downtown Elyria will be an active and attractive urban neighborhood with hundreds of residents occupying upper-floor housing units.
  • Downtown Elyria will be a place of distinction known for its historic architecture and natural beauty.
  • Downtown Elyria will be a gathering space for residents and visitors. Government facilities, special events, recreation, arts and cultural facilities will attract residents and visitors downtown.
  • Downtown Elyria will be accessible to all residents and visitors via bus, car, bike and foot.

Main Street Elyria, in partnership with the City of Elyria, Lorain County and all interested individuals, businesses and organizations, will be a catalyst in the ongoing betterment of downtown Elyria.

Main Street is a not for profit organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing Elyria’s downtown district. It is an organization made up of volunteers from our community and business owners. In short, it is community minded people like you who accomplish the tasks, gather the resources and help us reach our goals and set new ones. Each small success is added to the overall mission of Main Street to create overall growth and renewal.

We follow the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point approach mode, which is successful in communities across the United States. The Four Points (Design, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Organization) provide a proven comprehensive method for downtown revitalization. Our funding comes from both the public and private sectors, illustrating the importance of the downtown district to both areas.



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