Who is Oxford
group of passionate and dedicated leaders from the Oxford Community
and local Chamber of Commerce joined together in 1999 to discuss a serious
revitalization project for Oxford's Downtown Commercial Business District.
The idea to become an extended arm of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce
is considered and voted on to pursue. A 21-member Board of Directors,
Officers and Committees form under Oxford Mainstreet, Incorporated.
2000 a 501 C-3 status was approved and Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. began
operations under the non-profit designation. Initial development projects
included: The commission of the "Historic Oxford
Print" by Local Artist, Bruce M. Coyle, Music on Mainstreet Concert
Series, Annual Downtown Clean-Up Day, A Membership Encouragement Drive
and Downtown Trash removal. Board of Directors meetings total six (6)
sessions and initial discussions and fact-finding begans with the Pennsylvania
Downtown Center and PA State Department of Community and Economic Development.
OMI is funded by major contributions from area businesses and individuals.
Foundational support and rich volunteer spirit move the project forward.
2001 OMI launched oxfordmainstreet.org and prepared for future development.
A part-time Mainstreet Manager was hired.
OMI Board of Directors met regularly with a focus committee working
to follow the National Trust for Historic Preservation and guidelines
under the National Main Street Center. The mission and vision begin
to take shape.