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Who is Oxford Mainstreet Inc?

Our Mission

The mission of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. is to serve as the catalyst to unify and partner with supporting organizations to promote and foster economic growth and stability within the Business Improvement District (BID) and surrounding area, while preserving Downtown Oxford’s rich historic and cultural identity.

Our Vision

By preserving historic charm, fostering growth, promoting a sense of community and improving image, Oxford will develop into an attractive location for investors, property owners, business owners, and residents, and become a destination point for visitors

Commitment to Diversity

A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the core value of Oxford Mainstreet. We understand that varied experiences help us expand our knowledge, problem solving skills, and creative freedoms in an ever changing and increasingly diverse world. Diversity, equity and inclusion are just words unless you set them into motion. We will continue to strive to make Oxford, PA a place where everyone feels welcomed.

History of OMI

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1999

  • A 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.

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2000

  • In 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 began 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.

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2001

  • In 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.

2023

  • In the late hours of September 13, 2023, a four alarm fire broke out in the back of one of the buildings on South Third Street in Historic Downtown Oxford.
  • Within 16 hours six buildings along with twenty-two apartments housing over 100 people were destroyed. Fortunately, no lives were lost.
  • Several businesses were also destroyed: Oxford Mainstreet Inc, the Maroon Hornet, the Historic Oxford Theatre, Vicky Vinton Art Studio, Toot Sweets, and Dubarry of Ireland Outlet Store.
  • We are eternally grateful for the men and women of the 30+ fire departments who came to the aid of our town that day.
  • Through the support of generous donors and several non-profits, businesses and families were able to receive the help they needed in the immediate aftermath of the event -- a movement was born from this tragedy and we came together as a community as #OxfordStrong.
  • While it is expected to take years before we are able to rebuild and fill the hole that was left in our town, we are looking forward to what the future holds.

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Today

  • Today Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. is staffed by two paid staff members and numerous volunteers.
  • Throughout the year Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. organizes many events including our monthly First Friday street-fairs, Car Show and Country Christmas. We coordinate and maintain the Downtown Beautification program, monthly merchant meetings and serve as the community liaison among the various borough organizations.
  • In the coming year OMI plans to increase its promotion and marketing efforts for Downtown Oxford. We currently have a strong social media presence and monthly print advertising in a local newspaper.
  • Each of OMI’s committees; Design, Economic Development, Promotions and Fundraising have developed operating plans which include initiatives such as public art, updating the business toolbox and a large regional event.