Downtown Matters!


Why Downtown Matters

Downtown Matters carries more meaning than just a catchy slogan to Saline Main Street.  We have adopted the theme to use as our Volunteer Recruitment and Giving Campaign initiative.

We all know where our Downtowns are, but do we know what they are and why they matter?  Downtown is the economic engine, the big stage, the core of the community. Our Downtown tells us who we are and who we were, and how the past has shaped us. We learn about our past, explore our culture, and discover our identity in our Downtown. Our Downtowns are the places of shared memories where people still come together to live, to build on a dream, to work, and to be entertained. 

Caring, industrious and innovative people make vibrant Downtowns. Saline is rich in caring individuals who continue to give of their time and talents to better our community and realize that “Downtown Matters”  because:

  • Downtown is a source of community identity, culture, history and pride.
  • A strong Downtown attracts new businesses, industry, residents, jobs and a diverse work force to the region.
  • A strong Downtown increases property values throughout the community and enhances the quality of life for all Saline residents.

The Initiative

A fundamental goal of the Downtown Matters initiative is to bring a focus to all individuals, businesses and organizations that play a critical role in creating a downtown that matters, the service and impact Saline Main Street volunteers work to achieve. Acting together, individual community members, businesses, organizations and government entities can become the key investors of an alive, attractive, impactful, and sustaining Downtown Saline.  Together we can build the standard of living and quality of life we all want to reflect and enjoy!

Won’t you join us in our work?  Our volunteers and contributors are the foundation of our organization.  We can’t continue the work we do without them.  We invite you to stand beside all of our supporters and partners and share why Downtown Matters to you.  Click here to learn how to get involved. This shared goal will not become a reality without action from all of us who call Downtown Saline ‘My Downtown’ including residents and businesses in the city and surrounding townships.

Here’s what you can do Downtown:

  • Get familiar with what there is to do, tell your friends
  • Go out to eat, shop and do business 
  • Plan your next date night Downtown
  • Bring the kids for education and entertainment
  • Hold your next event or meeting 
  • Start your business 
  • Get involved by volunteering
  • Invest in Downtown and be part of the change you want to see

Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns. Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core. Saline Main Street volunteers work to fulfill the mission to enhance the vitality of Downtown Saline as the social, cultural, economic and historic heart of our community.

For more information, please contact our Executive Director, Riley Hollenbaugh at 734-316-2119 or