About 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.
As a Main Street America Affiliate™, Auburn Main Street is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Auburn Community Exchange
Our Mission Statement
The Mission of Auburn Main Street is to collaborate with our community to promote, advance, and preserve a vibrant downtown – rich in character and engaging for all. Our approach is comprehensive, inclusive, place-based and people-focused.
- 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.