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Main Street Boot Camp

September 24, 2021

Main Street Boot Camp

Friday, September 24, 2021
9:00AM - 4:30PM  CST

Ketcham Community Center
1322 Mable Street
Trenton, MO 64683


Learn about Fundraising, Sponsorships, Partnership Development, Board Roles and Responsibilities, Committee Roles, and Community Resiliency!

This all-day workshop will utilize elements of the Main Street Approach™ to focus efforts to restore vibrancy, build resiliency, improve quality of life, foster civic pride, and assist downtowns and neighborhood districts with their revitalization strategies while working to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic and create sustainable communities. The key to sustainable Main Street initiatives are the organization’s capacity to develop and maintain a strong base and this workshop will address fund development and development plans, partnership and volunteer development, board roles and responsibilities, committee roles, and overall community resiliency.


Kathy La Plante is a Senior Program Officer and Director of Coordinating Program Services at the National Main Street Center with expertise in building organizational capacity and developing promotional programming. She has worked in the Main Street field for nearly 25 years. She joined the staff of the National Main Street Center in May 2007. She works throughout the U.S. providing training for cities of all sizes using the Main Street Approach™ to downtown revitalization. Prior to this position, she was hired as the first Director of the New Hampshire Main Street Center, serving in that role for over ten years.  She was responsible for initiating the statewide New Hampshire Main Street Program, and providing technical assistance to 23 designated Main Street programs. Kathy began her Main Street career in 1989 as the Executive Director of the Chippewa Falls Main Street Program. Seven years later, Chippewa Falls was a recipient of the Great American Main Street Award. Prior to working in downtown revitalization, Kathy spent 12 years in retail management including, for ten years, as manager of Spurgeon’s Department Stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Registration Fees: 

    $100 per person for Missouri Main Street Members
    $200 per person for non-members
    $25 added for all after September 10, 2021. 
All cancellations/refunds must be requested in writing. Cancellations after September 20 are not refundable.


Quarterly workshop training's are a private and public partnership with The Department of Economic Development, State of Missouri, USDA Rural Development, and MMSC.

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