WHO WE ARE|  what we do

Main Street Batesville is a non-profit organization, not a city, county, or state agency.

We run on the work of our volunteers, and on funds donated by our partners -- local businesses and citizens who have the same goal as we do, a thriving downtown.

Our mission is the revitalization of downtown Batesville, through economic development and historic preservation.

Our organization is led by a Board of Directors composed of leaders in this community, and staffed by Executive Director Shannon Haney.



Our work, by the numbers


  • 1 new streetscape
  • 48 green spaces added
  • 1 irrigation system
  • 100-year-old water lines replaced
  • 20 lighting systems added along street, in the flower beds, and in the Pocket Park
  • 50+ curbing improvements
  • 40% street parking increase
  • 3 parking lots now dedicated to Main Street use
  • 2 new public parks: Maxfield Park and The Pocket Park



  • $230,000 invested in street improvements
  • $15,000 invested in developing The Pocket Park
  • $250,000 invested in developing Maxfield Park
  • $1,000,000 trust donated to Main Street Batesville for the upkeep of Maxfield Park
  • $117,000 invested in developing The Loft events venue in the historic Barnett Building
  • $25,000 in Main Street Batesville mini-grants to downtown businesses
  • $18,000 invested in a new native-stone gateway at the entrance to Main Street


community building

  • 7 community events held each year :
  1. Winter Gala
  2. Garden Party
  3. Carius Endowed Concert
  4. Southern Food Festival
  5. Farm to Table Dinner
  6. Haunted House
  7. Fun & Safe Trick or Treating on Main
  8. Christmas Market
  • 12 Farmers Markets each year
  • 1 Business Incubator, a Partnership with Chamber of Commerce
  • 45 Businesses represented in our Downtown Merchants Association


Advertising and Marketing

  • 25+ ads placed outside of the county per year
  • 400+ mentions and/or features per year in local, regional, state media outlets


economic development

  • 17 empty storefronts filled
  • 15 building facade renovations since the Main Street Batesville revitalization campaign began in 2013
  • 4 new eateries: Unique Nosh, 109 CIX, The Pinto, and Big's
  • 4 retail businesses: Village Adventures, Denim Blues, Queen Ann's Lace, Home-Holidays-And-More
  • 5 event venues: The Loft, Pocket Park, The Landers Theater, The Melba Theater, Maxfield Park
  • 4 full time consultants provided free of charge to downtown businesses: Exterior Designer, Interior Designer, Business Consultant, Tax Credit Consultant
  • More than 400 press mentions per year in local, regional and state media outlets

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