April 23, 2017

What We Do

What we do at Poteau Mainstreet Matters, Inc. dba Historic Downtown Poteau:

Poteau Mainstreet Matters, Inc. is a member of the National Main Street Center, and works closely with the Oklahoma Main Street Center.

The National Main Street Center was established as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 as a way to address the myriad issues facing older and historic downtowns during that time. Working with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local communities, Main Street has helped over 2,000 communities across the country bring economic vitality back downtown, while celebrating their historic character, and bringing communities together. 


So, what is the goal of Poteau Mainstreet Matters, with the help of the Oklahoma and National Main Street Centers, for Historic Downtown Poteau?


  • Rehabilitation of the Downtown District: Accomplished through beautification projects and other visual upgrades.
  • Building Rehabilitation: Providing grants, information, and planning in order to assist with modernizing buildings while at the same time preserving their architectural history.

Economic Development

  • Business recruiting: Provide information about the downtown environment and boost downtown exposure through social media, events, and personal visits to encourage new businesses downtown.
  • Maintain an online presence: promoting Downtown Poteau draws in new business and new visitors to the area, which helps increase local revenues.

Events and Promotions

  • Host multi-cultural events and festivals that serve multiple purposes:
    • Promote both Poteau and the Downtown District
    • Raise funding for ongoing operations and program expenses
    • Provide safe, exciting, and engaging activities for our community
    • Bring people downtown; keep our community engaged with the local businesses, shops, and restaurants

Community Service/ Volunteer Program

  • We work with a variety of different organizations and volunteer services.  With programs such as AARP, our focus is to provide those workers with real-world job experience and provide them with tools for success.
  • Need volunteer hours? Want to make an impact in your community? Sign up to volunteer with us! We would love to work with you!

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Thank you for your support!