What It Means for Osceola to Be a MainStreet Community
The value of a healthy Main street offers art, culture, music,unique businesses, and the pleasure of walking along lively streets rich in history and character. A sense of community is created by a place where area locals feel they belong, still watch parades, meet for dinner or drinks, and enjoy an outdoor concert or movie in the park.
Osceola received the prestigious National Main Street Community award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1997. Osceola is dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community with marketing strategies, real estate development, market analysis, business recruitment and public improvements.
While the larger Chamber family includes a variety of businesses from the surrounding area, the MainStreet Program focuses on downtown Osceola where the heart and soul of community is nurtured and created.
The Osceola Chamber of Commerce began in 1956 as the Osceola Civic and Community Organization. It later changed its name to the Osceola Business Association, Inc, In 1998 the group became known as the Osceola Chamber of Commerce . The MainStreet Program was created in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and established in WI in 1987. In 1997, Osceola applied and received the prestigious MainStreet Community award. The two groups combined and became known as the Osceola Chamber and MainStreet Program. Osceola is one of only 36 cities in the state of WI with the MainStreet Community Designation.. The purpose of the WI MainStreet Program is to encourage and support the revitalization of downtowns in Wisconsin. We believe that the Main Street movement has proven that downtowns are the heart of our communities. A steady consistent long term commitment helps our downtown retain its identity and stay the course while promoting the values we believe are at the core of a thriving community. The Osceola MainStreet Program is a 501c3.
The Main Street Approach is a time-tested framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization. Main Street empowers communities to set their own destinies. While revitalization is challenging work, the Main Street program offers a road-map for local-owned, locally-driven prosperity . Across the country, thousands of communities have used the Main Street Approach to transform their economies, leverage local leadership, improve overall quality of life.