History of Historic Newburgh, Inc.
In the late 1970’s, a handful of visionaries began meeting to discuss the future of the downtown and decided they wanted to incorporate. They knew they needed money in order to move forward with revitalization so this group began selling Charter memberships.
A two-year grant request was written to provide funds for an employee. They were awarded the grant and on May 27, 1980 Historic Newburgh, Inc. was officially incorporated as a Local Development Corporation or LDC.
In the early 1980’s, through the efforts of HNI, Downtown Newburgh was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was around the same time that HNI began to take seriously the need to make changes to the downtown infrastructure. The downtown of the early 80’s was a much different place than it is now.
Through a Community Development Block Grant, Historic Newburgh, Inc., along with the Town of Newburgh and other partners, was able to complete the 1989 Downtown Newburgh Revitalization Project, which improved the street scape through sidewalks, sewers, and street lights.
In 1986, when the State of Indiana officially began the Indiana Main Street program, Historic Newburgh, Inc. was chosen as one of the first five Main Street programs in the state. The Main Street program, born out of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a proven model for preservation-based economic development for urban areas. The Main Street approach encourages towns to focus on their downtown areas. It is important to save its historic buildings, to revive its commercial core, to strengthen business, to control community-eroding sprawl, and keep a sense of place and community life in America.
Historic Newburgh, Inc. helped to complete many projects over the years:
1. The Riverfront Walkway Project, which has now connected to the beautiful Rivertown Trail
2. Living Treasures Interviews
3. The Fortress of Fun Playground
4. Historic Newburgh trolley
5. Newburgh Bicentennial Celebration
6. Veterans Monument
7. Lamppost Flower Basket Project
8. Newburgh Riverfront Pavilion Project
9. The Little Red Brick Building Project
Through our annual events, Wine, Art & Jazz Festival, Newburgh Fireworks Celebration, The Historic Newburgh Farmers Market, Ghost Walks, and Newburgh Celebrates Christmas, HNI brings over 20,000 people annually to Historic Downtown Newburgh.
Historic Newburgh, Inc. has done much for Newburgh and through the continuation of collaborative efforts with the Town of Newburgh and with all Historic Downtown Newburgh stakeholders, the historic integrity, charm, and vibrancy of our commercial core is insured.