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What is Ocala Main Street?

Ocala Main Street (OMS) is our community’s program for improving and maintaining the heart of our community. OMS is more than a merchant’s or business association – it is a volunteer driven, nonprofit organization working to revitalize downtown Ocala. Officially designated as one of the first five Main Street communities in Florida in 1985, OMS employs the National Main Street 4-Point Approach to downtown revitalization.

What is the 4-Point Approach?
Organization

Laura McCormick

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

Promotion

Brittany Bishop

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

Design

Ken Smith

Supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set that downtown district apart.

Economic Vitality

Barbara Fitos

Help the downtown district reposition their districts economy through market-driven business retention & development strategies.

How is the program funded?

The National Main Street program recommends a funding mix that includes municipal support, event income, and corporate, business, and community donors. OMS currently receives funding and support from the Ocala/Marion Chamber & Economic Partnership, the City of Ocala, and individual board members and businesses. The most successful Main Street programs are those that receive support – both financial and volunteer – from a broad base of community stakeholders.

Thank you for your interest in OMS and the future vitality of downtown Ocala as it becomes a stronger core of this beautiful town. Ready to get involved? Please consider one of our sponsorship packages and/or volunteer some of your time!

Board of Directors:
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Meet our Board of Directors! Photo Credit: Andrew Garr/ The  Garrs

Angie Lester

President
The Boyd Group

Laura McCormick

Vice-President
Boys and Girls Club of Marion County

Ted Schatt

Secretary
Schatt, Hesser, and McGraw

Tim Rogers

Treasurer
Anchor Accounting Services

Brittany Bishop

Brittany Bishop Photography

Larry Bush

LB Media Services, LLC

Tito Comas

Grafito

Barbara Fitos

The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County, Retired

Kelly McAtee

Things To Do Ocala

Ken Smith

Foundation Services of Central Florida

Lisa Walsh

City of Ocala Liason

Advisory Board
Tom McDonald

Past President
Infinite Ale Work / Pi on Broadway

Angie Lewis

Immediate Past President
Angie Lewis State Farm

Bryce Peek

Past President
The Boyd Group

Executive Director
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Jessica Marr

Ocala Main Street

[email protected]  |  352.421.0047

Meeting Dates

Please email your committee chair for the upcoming meeting dates.

Organization Committee

Laura McCormick

Design Committee

Ken Smith

Promotion Committee

Brittany Bishop

Economic Vitality Committee

Barbara Fitos

Next Meeting
Wednesday | May 29
6 p.m. at Infinite Ale Works
(open to the public)
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