Downtown South, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, was established in the Fall of 2008 by a group of local residents, small business owners, and representatives of the medical community and the city government. These stakeholders recognized the potential of Downtown South, and they recognized the important role that neighborhood commercial districts play in providing economic stability, identity, vitality, and most importantly, providing a sense of place to residents.
Downtown South offers an opportunity to all—residents, business owners, and members of the medical community to have an impact on the future of their community.
Through The Orlando Main Street Program, districts receive financial and technical assistance and intensive training in the Main Street 4-Point approach (Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion). Each Main Street organization hires a full time Executive Director, raises matching funds, incorporates its organization and implements its programs according to an annual work plan.
Goals for Downtown South Main Street include: creating a comprehensive vision for Orange and Michigan Avenues that includes streetscape and walkable destinations; supporting existing businesses and attracting new retail opportunities that meet the needs of residents and visitors; bringing all stakeholders together to work effectively for a vibrant community; and providing special events and activities to highlight local businesses, restaurants, and talent in the community.