Mount Vernon has developed into a thriving community. The downtown has been, and continues to be, renovated with the exterior facades rehabilitated and a vigorous effort to maintain and preserve the many older buildings in the area. In 1965 Look Magazine named Mount Vernon an ” All American City” and the city maintains the standards that resulted in this acclaim. In 1994 Mount Vernon was named “Ohio’s Most Livable Community” by Ohio Magazine.
Heritage Centre Association
In the 1940’s, Mount Vernon’s beautiful and historic downtown was served by the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA). Members of this group worked hard to plan events to bring people downtown to shop. As the nation’s economy shifted following WWII, patterns of development and increasing reliance on the automobile resulted in large shopping areas being created at the edges of most communities across the nation. Downtowns were hit hard, with many stores closing and buildings falling into disrepair. The make-up of many central business districts was also changing, with professionals such as accountants, attorneys, doctors and insurance agents occupying many of the spaces once used for retail or apartments. Visionary leaders of the Downtown Merchants Association realized that the group needed to evolve to address the complex issues facing America’s downtowns and include a wider range of interests that could have a positive impact. In late 1990, community leaders formed what we are proud to call the Heritage Centre Association (HCA), and began tackling issues such as parking, security, appearance of buildings, traffic flow, marketing and planning.
102 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Carrie Crouch, Executive Director