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Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association, San Diego, CA

Denny Knox, Kristen Kelther

member since: 12/06/2004
Festival biz experience: 20+ years
USA: San Diego, California (CA)

The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA) is comprised of area merchants and professionals dedicated to building a thriving business district that fulfills the needs of the neighboring community and visitors alike. The OBMA is a 501(c)6 private nonprofit business organization operating with 14 elected Board Members, committed to preserving a healthy active atmosphere for those who work, live and visit Ocean Beach.

Originally formed in 1978 as the Ocean Beach Merchant's Association, in June of 1998 the OBMA received national and state designation into the "Main Street" program and thus changed its name. The program is grounded in preservation and divides its scope of work within 4 areas: Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality (formerly Economic Restructuring), and Design.

Throughout the years we have accomplished this through providing an active voice for area merchants in government agencies, offering merchant assistance with storefront improvement projects, utilizing public funding for special events which draw thousands of visitors to the business district, and most recently through the creation of our website which offers merchant advertising, a business directory and community event listings.

The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association is the management organization for the O.B. Business Improvement District and the Newport Ave. Landscape Maintenance District.

We promote downtown Ocean Beach