Pauline Eaton is the City Administrator for Orlando Main Streets. She is responsible for the development, application, organization, technical assistance, and training for Orlando’s neighborhood commercial districts. Orlando Main Streets is the first citywide Main Street coordinating program in the entire Southeast, and one of only 4 nationwide.
Pauline came to the City of Orlando in 2007 from Ohio where she presided as the Interim Executive Director and Director of Downtown Revitalization for Heritage Ohio. She served as the State Coordinator for the Ohio Main Street Program for nearly 6 years. 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 a major fast food restaurant chain 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 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. 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.
Pauline served on Galion City Council from 1994 to 2005, and held the positions of President, Vice-President, Chairman of Laws and Ordinances, and Finance. Pauline is certified as a Main Street Management Professional from the National Main Street Center. She was one of only 9 certified managers in the state of Ohio and fewer than 200 nationwide. She was a founding member of The Galion Area Renaissance Foundation as well as Main Street Galion, and served as Vice-President for both organizations. 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.
Preceding her position with Heritage Ohio, Pauline was the Executive Director of Main Street Mansfield. 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 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.
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.
Pauline graduated Suma Cum Laude from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Marketing.
Pauline, and her husband, Arch, have two daughters, Amy and Brittany. She also has a stepson, David, his wife, Melissa and step-granddaughters, Madison and Miranda.
Pauline will be speaking at CREW Orlando's September 18, 2019 program.