Auburn Main Street

Auburn Main Street is a group of local people with a common interest in stemming the decline of downtown Auburn and ensuring that the City that we all love and depend on for our livelihood, recreation, and community spirit develops into a sustainable and thriving place to live, work and grow. Auburn Main Street is comprised of people like you-business and property owners, residents, civic minded individuals, and downtown users.

“I would like to thank Auburn Main Street for the grant that helped us paint our building.  With their matching funds we were able to paint the entire outside of the building as well as all of the small detail pieces.  I truly appreciate their devotion to revitalizing Downtown Auburn and helping the small business’ that operate here.” - Scott Pettis, Big Red Sports

In late 2009, a group of concerned citizens met with City of Auburn officials to discuss the need for a coordinated approach to reverse the physical decline of the downtown business district which was threatened by the excessive and increasing number of vacant storefronts as business moved out of the downtown. The historic character of the area was being eroded as more buildings fell into disrepair. It was felt that, in particular, there was a need for a single body to take responsibility for downtown initiatives and “Main Street” type programs.

Thus, the Auburn Development Advisory Committee was formed to begin the work of reversing the decline by undertaking activities that are focused on preserving Auburn as a healthy and economically vital center of commerce and social activity by promoting the preservation, rehabilitation and reuse of commercial, civic, residential and other buildings in the City.

This committee of volunteers grew into the core of what would ultimately be incorporated, in 2011, as Auburn Main Street, Inc. 

In 2013, the IRS determined that Auburn Main Street INC is a public charity, exempt from income tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the tax code.

Our Mission Statement

Auburn Main Street’s mission is to encourage the revitalization and sustainable growth through leadership, education, and vision for the preservation, improvement and economic restructuring of downtown Auburn.

Our Vision

  • To operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
  • To support the revitalization and sustainable growth of the City of Auburn through public outreach, education and community involvement.
  • To network and collaborate with other organizations, individuals, City officials, municipal and State bodies who have an interest in the sustainable growth of the Cityof Auburn.

ADAC Board Members

Ann M Finchum- President

Ann M Finchum- President

Hello, I am Ann Finchum, my husband and I grew up in Auburn and we are passionate about our Community. When I was asked to get involved with ADAC I was intrigued and learned how our Main Street organization is all about revitalizing Auburn and our Community in a collaborative effort. We are thrilled to have a new, fresh, easy to navigate website. We hope that people will find our site a go-to site for information and activities.
Amy Schweitzer- Secretary

Amy Schweitzer- Secretary

Amy is presently the Planning Director for the City of Auburn. She has degrees from Ball State University in Urban Planning and Development and Economics and is recognized as a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Amy has lived her entire adult life in the City of Auburn and is passionate about many aspects of the community, including the health of downtown. She and her husband Chris have two children, Isaac and Annie, along with a very active labradoodle.
Becky Hefty- Treasury

Becky Hefty- Treasury

Becky is a life long resident of DeKalb County. Becky is married to Auburn State Farm Agent Morgan Hefty and together they have 4 children. Becky has an Associates in Science from Wabash Valley College and a Bachelor's of General Studies from IPFW. She is the Branch Manager, AVP of Lake City Bank in Auburn. Along with being the Secretary for ADAC INC she is also active as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Auburn Classic Noon Lions Club.
Natalie Taylor-DeWitt

Natalie Taylor-DeWitt

Hello, I am Natalie Taylor-DeWitt. Born and raised in Auburn, while attending high school and college I worked at an early age at a few downtown businesses and now am Managing Partner at Taylor Rental/Party Plus. I learned how to serve my community from my grandmother. She was a small business owner in downtown Auburn for 40 years. Growing up watching her interact and volunteer for our community taught me how lucky I am to live here. Her passion and pride is a family trait I was blessed to inherit and look forward to passing on in the future. I volunteer because I am proud of this community and want to make it a better place for all those who live here. People come and go, but a community is the heart and soul of our area.
Sarah Payne- Vice President

Sarah Payne- Vice President

Sarah Payne is the Executive Director for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Inc. She received a BS degree from Purdue University in both Retail Management and Sales Management prior to beginning her career in 1999. After several years in retail store management, she transitioned to the property management side of the industry working for the 2 nd largest mall administration company in the country leasing space for as many as 3 super regional shopping centers simultaneously. In 2012, Sarah entered the nonprofit world professionally and took the position of Project Manager for IPFW’s RiverFest. This one day festival welcomed more than 25,000 visitors to IPFW and promoted river preservation and protection efforts. She joined the ACD Festival in 2013 and was thrilled to bring her skills to her hometown, which she holds dear. In addition to her professional work, Sarah has been active in the nonprofit world serving on the boards of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, United Way of DeKalb County’s community impact committee, the McKenney-Harrison PTO and now for the Auburn Development Advisory Committee. Sarah resides in Auburn with her husband Mike, sons Charlie and Tucker and two rescued Basset Hounds. She enjoys spending time with her family giving back to her community.
Amber Bassett

Amber Bassett

Hi! I am Amber Bassett. Both my husband and I were born in raised in Auburn and are recent Ball State University graduates. After completing my degree in urban planning and development, I was passionate about moving back to Auburn and getting involved with ADAC. I enjoy being engaged and active with my community and I support ADAC’s goals and ideas. Downtown Auburn is already a magnificent place, however, I see so much potential and I believe there is room for growth. As an ADAC member I will do my best to see Downtown Auburn reach its full potential.
Zach Lightner

Zach Lightner

Zach is a Fort Wayne native who resides in Auburn with his wife Kristin and their golden retriever, King George. Zach graduated from Purdue University with a Business Management Degree and earned his law degree from the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Zach is an associate at the law firm of Mefford, Weber, and Blythe and is a Deputy Prosecutor for DeKalb County. Zach is a member of the Auburn Rotary, The Hometown Collaboration Initiative Committee, and the Steering Committee for Learning Link of DeKalb County. Zach is passionate about giving back to his community and spending time with his family.
Eldon Byler

Eldon Byler

Born and raised in DeKalb County, I have been a part of the local construction industry my entire life growing up pouring concrete for my father’s construction company. In 2009 I graduated from IPFW with a degree in Architectural Engineering. Since 2008 I have worked in the Commercial Construction industry as an Estimator, Sales, & Project Manager for projects all over the state of Indiana. I have designed, bid, and built projects ranging from $1,000.00 to $10,000,000.00 in size. I currently work for Brooks Construction as a part of the Sales and Estimating team, and also am part owner of Auburn’s first winery, Byler Lane Winery. Being an Auburn resident and business owner, it’s very exciting to see the growth and change Auburn is making to keep our town one of the best in the state!
Alex Pinnington

Alex Pinnington