Pauline Eaton is the City Coordinator for the Orlando Main Street Program. Pauline was the former Interim Executive Director and Director of Downtown Revitalization for Heritage Ohio. She served as the State Coordinator for the Ohio Main Street Program. Heritage Ohio is the statewide partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Pauline began her involvement in the historic preservation movement in 1993 when Taco Bell threatened to demolish an 8,000 square foot mansion and historic landmark on Harding Way West (Main Street) in her hometown of Galion, Ohio. Worried about the future of the street she had grown up on and still resided on, Eaton decided to get involved. The establishment of The Galion Area Renaissance Foundation led to the rescue of this treasure and the formation of Main Street Galion, Inc. Eaton became the leading voice for downtown revitalization in Galion. In 1994, she was asked by a citizen’s advisory group to run for Galion City Council. She defeated the incumbent by only four votes.
Pauline is a Certified Main Street Manager from the National Trust Main Street Center having graduated in 1999. Pauline served three four year terms on Galion City Council, and held the positions of President, Vice-President, Chairman of Laws and Ordinances, and Finance. She was a founding member of The Galion Area Renaissance Foundation as well as Main Street Galion, Inc. She was involved in writing the first Design Review Legislation for the City of Galion and served on the Design Review Board for its first three years. Pauline graduated Summa cum laude from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. She has a B.S. in Business Administration with a Minor in Marketing.
Preceding her position in Columbus, Pauline was the Executive Director of Main Street Mansfield, Inc. from 1998-2002. She wrote the application for Mansfield’s 2001 Great American Main Street Award. Prior to Mansfield, she was the Downtown Manager and grant coordinator for the City of Upper Sandusky. Working as a private consultant in cooperation with Poggemeyer Design Group, she helped write the successful CDBG Downtown Revitalization Grant for the City of Upper Sandusky. She served as the volunteer program director for Main Street Galion for its first two years and helped write their application for designation as Ohio’s first Main Street program.
Pauline has also been a downtown business and property owner. She and her husband owned and operated Checker’s Pizza in Uptowne Galion for 6 years.