D Dillsboro Mainstreet

Main Street Fundamentals

  • The Main Street Approach is centered around Transformation Strategies. A Transformation Strategy articulates a focused, deliberate path to revitalizing or strengthening a downtown or commercial district’s economy.
  • A program’s work on Transformation Strategies should be organized around the Four Points: Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion, and Organization.
  • A revitalization program’s work – and its Transformation Strategies – need to be informed by a solid understanding of local and regional market data, and sustained and inclusive community engagement.


Our Vision

Dillsboro will grow and develop a vibrant downtown through the support of volunteers, local businesses, partnering organizations and sponsors who share a desire to see a strong downtown that benefits the residents and visitors of our community.

Dillsboro Main Street is a state-designated Indiana Main Street Organization. 

The program helps businesses develop and provides support for the implementation of their own strategies to stimulate long-term economic growth and pride in the heart of downtown Dillsboro.


Some History...


First Community Entrepreneurial Initiative Forum



Application Indiana Main Street


Dillsboro Community Partnership (dba Dillsboro Mainstreet)

Receives the 501c(3) designation.



Downtown Revitalization Plan


Crowd Funding Grant



Discussions with INDOT for Hwy 50 Improvements Begin


Dillsboro Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan


Dillsboro Main Street Working Groups

  • Design
  • Economic Vitality
  • Organization
  • Promotion
  • Entrepreneurs & Small Business Assistance
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Care Team
  • Lunch-a-Munch
  • Facade
  • Historical Society*
  • Dillsboro Arts*

* Now their own 501c(3)

Events Created Through Main Street

  • Y2 Love Dillsboro
  • Dillsboro in Bloom
  • Heritage Festival
  • Car Show
  • Veterans Walk
  • Evening of Thanks
  • Hometown Christmas

Transformation Strategies – generated through meaningful community engagement and informed by an analysis of the district’s market position — help to guide a revitalization program’s work. An effective Transformation Strategy serves a particular customer segment, responds to an underserved market demand, or creates a differentiated destination. 

Some "ready-to-use" strategies — called Catalyst Strategies — fall into two broad categories: those that are focused on a specific customer segment and those that are focused on an industry, product, or service segment. 

Examples include:

•  Workers and Residents
•  Elder Friendly and Aging-in-Place
•  Family-Friendly
•  Agriculture Center
•  Arts (performing and visual)
•  College Town
•  Convenience Goods and Services
•  Entertainment and Nightlife
•  Knowledge Economy

What Are the Four Points?


Transformation Strategies are implemented through comprehensive work in four broad areas, known as the Four Points. 

 focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies. 

DESIGN supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart. 

PROMOTION positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics. 

ORGANIZATION involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.

About Dillsboro

Dillsboro is about 45 minutes west of Cincinnati, Ohio, offering rural living with access to the services of larger metropolitan areas.

Come and enjoy our friendly residents, businesses and visit one of the best parks in the area.

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13030 Executive Dr, Dillsboro, IN 47018
(812) 432-3243

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