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Bedford Downtown is proud to say that they are working towards become a Main Street City in the State of Ohio. Bedford Downtown is currently a Heritage Ohio Main Street Affiliate. This means that we are working with representatives from Heritage Ohio to revitalize our historic Downtown. As we work towards specific goals and milestones, Heritage Ohio is there to give guidance and support.
Based in historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save historic commercial architecture and the fabric of American communities’ built environment but has become a powerful economic development tool as well.
The Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of Bedford Downtown, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. Improving economic management, strengthening public participation, and making Downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as recruiting new businesses, rehabilitating buildings, and expanding parking. Building on Downtown’s inherent assets — rich architecture, personal service, and traditional values and most of all, a sense of place — the Main Street approach has rekindled entrepreneurship, Downtown cooperation and civic concern. It has earned national recognition as a practical strategy appropriately scaled to a community’s local resources and conditions. And because it is a locally driven program, all initiative stems from local issues and concerns.