About Silvis Main Street

Silvis was designated an Illinois Main Street community in 2013.  It was the only new Illinois community named that year.  Modeled after the National Main Street Center’s and with Illinois Main Street’s help, we are soliciting volunteer members for the Four Point Approach®.  The four committees are:


The Design committee addresses the downtown districts physical environment. Preserved historic buildings, landscaping and merchandising (store windows) help convey a visual message about what Main Street has to offer.


brings the community together, getting everyone working toward the same goal by building consensus and cooperation among the groups that have an important stake in the district. Both businesses and residents benefit by using the common-sense formula of a volunteer-driven program to promote the program, raise awareness and solicit funds to sustain the program.


Promotion committee’s purpose is to market the districts’ unique assets to bring people downtown.  It sells both the image and promise to shoppers, investors, new businesses and visitors.  Their responsibilities are to promote the downtown image both to our community and other communities, generate support for downtown businesses and promote a sense of community for Silvis residents through retail promotions, marketing campaigns and a series of special events.

Economic Restructuring

Economic Restructuring committee’s purpose is to improve the downtown’s economic commercial district by helping existing businesses expand and recruiting new businesses that respond to today’s market.  Main Street programs help convert unused and underused spaces into productive properties and cultivate local and regional entrepreneurship.

Hero Street Memorial

Silvis Main Street Vision Statement
To honor and preserve our past by continuing to improve the appearance and revitalization of the downtown business district and by promoting the entire community, residential, commercial and industrial; through community teamwork, promotions, education and marketing.

Silvis Main Street Mission Statement
Develop an attractive, economically stable downtown community to promote existing business growth, attract new opportunities and create a destination for customers and visitors.

About Illinois Main Street
Illinois Main Street is part of a successful national movement to revitalize America's traditional downtowns, neighborhood business districts, and urban corridors. Illinois Main Street gives value as it works with Illinois’ communities to provide technical and consultative assistance, training and resources to improve the economic, social, cultural and physical aspects of each unique commercial area. Illinois Main Street communities use the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to revitalize their local business districts.
Developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, Main Street now works in over 1,700 communities located throughout 46 states. The Main Street Four-Point Approach® helps develop strong, broadly-based local organizations that effectively and incrementally implement the revitalization process by building their local capacity to do their local Main Street work.
Main Street encourages partnerships with local stakeholders, who support the local program, to build the local community and to foster economic development while maintaining the unique, historic character of each district. Most of all, Main Street offers a practical, comprehensive methodology for commercial district revitalization and advocates local self-reliance.
The Illinois Main Street program is administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency provides design services, and Lt Governor Sheila Simon serves as ambassador. With this partnership, the Office of Regional Economic Development at DCEO serves as Illinois' state coordinating program and works with Illinois Main Street communities. DCEO staff provides organization, promotion, and economic restructuring services to the local Main Street programs, while IHPA provides design training and support services. Through the efforts of DCEO and IHPA, each Illinois Main Street community can draw upon the significant expertise of both agencies. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon represents the Illinois Main Street program as she travels the state, promoting economic development in support of local communities.