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When and How Main Street Port Clinton was Established

Main Street Port Clinton, Inc., formerly Historic Port Clinton, is a local non-profit organization started by residents of the community who were interested in the preservation and revitalization of downtown Historic Port Clinton. The Organization is comprised of citizens, government representatives, and business/property owners who have volunteered their time and talents in order to promote, preserve, and improve Port Clinton’s historic downtown.

The first Board of Directors was formed in April 2004, bylaws were adopted in July 2004, and Main Street Port Clinton incorporated on July 26, 2004. Main Street Port Clinton has the support of the City of Port Clinton, the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa County Commissioners, Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, and Lake Erie Shores and Islands.

What We Believe

Main Street Port Clinton believes that revitalization is a comprehensive, incremental, self-help economic strategy that focuses on developing public-private partnerships to enhance community livability and job creation while maintaining the character and charm of Historic Port Clinton.

We Follow the Four Point Approach

The foundation of the “Four Point” – or “Main Street” – Approach to downtown revitalization is preservation, using those elements of quality that have survived as assets upon which we can build a lasting, positive physical and emotional image for everyone who uses downtown. Historic Preservation is used as an economic development tool. It capitalizes on overlooked and underutilized assets, encourages imagination, and sharpens entrepreneurial skills and strong participation by the private sector.

Chamber and Main Street Unite

At Main Street Port Clinton’s Annual Membership meeting on October 29, 2008, the membership voted to amend their bylaws to work more closely with
the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce. The said affiliation benefits the business community of the entire Port Clinton area by combining efforts for business, economic development, and community development.

Main Street and the Chamber share staff, office space, and volunteers. Each organization has its own board of directors, bylaws, and books. The executive boards of the Chamber and Main Street meet annually to review and approve the operating agreement and fee schedule.

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