Since its beginning in 1998, Batesville Main Street has paved the way for restoration and revitalization efforts in the downtown area. These improvement projects include an outdoor mural program, a National Register of Historic Places district nomination, the implementation of economic and design incentives for property owners, the establishment and maintenance of the City of Batesville’s Memorial Park, and the design and installation of directional signage to the downtown area.
Revitalizing the downtown area involves more than preserving the historic locations, it also includes strengthening the public interest and participation. To get the community involved with downtown Batesville, the Main Street program has sponsored several events in the area, including the annual SpringFest in May and the Holiday Open House in December.
Main Street’s ultimate goal is to improve all aspects of downtown and the central business district, an approach that has rekindled entrepreneurship, downtown cooperation, and civic pride. The Main Street program has received national recognition for its effective strategy implemented based on the community’s local resources. Due to its local drive, the program’s initiatives stem completely from the issues and concerns of Batesville’s residents.