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There are 3 keynote sessions and 15 classroom sessions that you are able to attend this year at Missouri's Premier Revitalization Conference. 

Here are the 15 different classroom sessions that you can attend:

  • Game Changers In Entrepreneurship! 

  • Main Street In Urban Environments - Best Practices For Success

  • Empower Change Through Partnerships for Extraordinary Projects

  • Downtown's Dirty Little Secrets

  • My "Place" Changes Things! 

  • Speak LIFE Through Storytelling

  • Historic Preservation - Appreciating The Weird

  • Creating Communities For All Ages

  • Combining Historic Tax Credits With Opportunity Zones

  • How Will YOU Celebrate 2021 Missouri Bicentennial?

  • Recurring Events In Your Downtown - Bringing Visitors Every Month

  • I Want What They Have - How To Successfully Develop An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (Or Not)

  • Teaming With Veterans To Strengthen Main Street And The Community That Shops There

  • Looking At Money From All Angles To Develop A Solid Funding Structure 

  • Bring To Life Your Community And Economic Development Projects

 

View All Session Descriptions & Speakers Here

 

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Mayor Sandy Lucy
Washington, Missouri


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Preservation Month 2019 was a month to celebrate the history, culture, and special places in Missouri. Missouri Main Street Connection staff was able to travel around the state to visit events and historic sites. We want to share our stories with you... 

 

 

As someone who has lived only a couple hours away from both the Gateway Arch National Park and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site for most of their life, I am sad to say I had never been to either site before Preservation Month this May. Construction of the landmarks on both sites was completed almost 150 years apart and I think that perfectly illustrates that preservation is all-encompassing. My entire trip consisted of opposing observations of each site that further enforce that while preservation is a singular idea, it looks different in each place it is implemented. White Haven, the home at the Ulysess S. Grant National Historic Site, appears secluded in the midst of the active city atmosphere which showcases how important preservation of surroundings is in telling the story of a place.



The Gateway Arch is purposely set in the midst of this active atmosphere as a monument to the city that grew out of westward expansion and continues to grow today. White Haven is a traditionally constructed home that is simple in its style, designed and built by its original owner William Long to meet his utilitarian needs. The Arch is also simple but is modern in its construction, the result of an architectural design competition won by professional architect Eero Saarinen. Finally, there is no known photos of White Haven's construction while visitors of the Arch can watch a 28-minute fill detailing each step of the construction process. Neither site is without some controversy, but each site showcases the importance of preservation as a way to tell the diverse history of St. Louis and the nation.

 - Katelyn Brotherton

 

 



On Sunday, May 19, staff member Susan Sheppard and board member Karen Bode Baxter attended Preservation Month events in Ferguson and Florissant.



Ferguson hosted a Historic Window Repair and Restoration workshop, taught by Bob McCarty, owner of Painted Effects in Ferguson. At the newly restored Gittemeier House, an 1860s farmhouse in Florissant, there was a high tea hosted by members and volunteers. Also in Florissant the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine opened its doors for tours, with music and costumed docents. The Shrine complex was built in the 19th century, with the convent dating back to 1819.





 - Susan Sheppard 






Despite a rainy morning, nearly 50 people gathered on the Harrisonville Square for the Downtown History Walking Tour led by David Atkinson. He certainly knows his history and gave an informative and interesting presentation. 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MMSC was happy to be a part of it. No one seemed to mind a little rain!

Diane Hannah

 

Gayla Roten took a Trip Down Memory Main event that showcased iconic buildings on Main Street USA. It was amazing to see all the great things Marceline is achieving. 

 


- Gayla Roten, State Director




Janie Dennison and Katelyn Brotherton traveled to Chillicothe, MO. They were able to tour downtown with elementary students and learn about the history. The students had great questions and filled out a scavenger hunt worksheet on the way through the tour. 

#MOPlacesMatter

 

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If you are new to Main Street or would like a refresher on the Main Street Four-Point Approach, then we recommend you attend this conference session.

The success of your downtown efforts and those across the country are rooted in the comprehensive Four-Point Approach. Experts and practitioners from the field will present on these points: Design, Economic Vitality, Organization, and Promotion.  

Main Street 101 will dive into the principles, but also feature examples and best practices from each point so you will walk away with a more detailed knowledge on each point and how to utilize them in your own community. 

Main Street 101 will be Wednesday, July 24th, from 9am - 4pm. 
*This session is included with registration of the Get Plugged In Downtown Conference. 

Register Here:  Conference Website


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Missouri Main Street Connection is making plans to "Celebrate Preservation Month!" MMSC Staff, local Main Street Executive Directors, Board members, and preservation representatives will be going on tour with our Road Show. 


We will be highlighting three Missouri historic sites and seventeen Missouri Main Street Communities who are working diligently to preserve their historic resources. 


Through this project, we hope to encourage Missouri citizens of all ages to learn more about the history surrounding them, discover new sites and communities, and understand the importance of preserving our history and historic places for generations to come. 

 

 

 

Download The Brochure Here 


#MoPlacesMatter 

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Be Inspired - Join us at Missouri's Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference to develop fresh ideas on how you can engage, inspire, and create memories while at the same time increase economic prosperity in the very heart of your community.

This year's conference will inspire downtown revitalization attendees to rethink how they present and market their district, businesses, special projects and their organization to customers, visitors, business, and property owners.

This Conference will ignite creative ideas that will inspire welcoming change from our urban districts to small towns and rural Main Streets. 

Missouri's Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference is the only commercial district revitalization educational and networking event that blends economic development, community revitalization, and historic preservation. 

Conference Website and Registration

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The Evening of Excellence will be the finale of “Get Plugged In…Downtown” Conference on July 25, 2019. The Awards Ceremony and dinner will send everyone home from this premier Main Street Conference with new inspiration. Some will even carry an Excellence of Achievement award home. This might be your community. The award nominations are an opportunity for YOU to honor the people, the projects and the activities that are outstanding achievements in your community.

 

Evening Of Excellence 

July 25, 2019
The Westin St. Louis
811 Spruce St.
St. Louis, MO 63102

  

Nominations for downtown revitalization awards will be accepted through May 1, 2019.

 


 
Winners will be announced at the Evening of Excellence on July 25, 2019.



Download The Nomination From

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Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) unveiled the My Community Matters program on January 28th in Jefferson City at the Capital Building. The program, which is a partnership with MMSC and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Rural Community Development Initiative grant, will help community-based development organizations promote economic development in low-income, rural communities. 


The targeted communities include Brunswick, Butler, Concordia, Kirksville, Knob Noster, Monroe City, Rockaway Beach, Sikeston, and Willow Springs.


MMSC State Director Gayla Roten noted, “MMSC looks forward to working with both USDA and Missouri communities to implement this program and help build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization. Without our valuable partners, this program would not possible.”


My Community Matters initiative will provide technical training and assistance to communities in rural Missouri. This assistance and training will focus on a variety of topics centered on the four points of the Main Street Approach which are Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Vitality. Within these four points services will cover visioning, market analysis, board training, sustainable design practices, micro-enterprise development, and entrepreneurship. The overall goal of the program is to help Missouri communities build capacity to support sustainable economic development.

 

Missouri State Legislators congratulated their districts on this grant opportunity. 

 

Historic Downtown Sikeston

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Dr. Steven Hoffman - MMSC Board President, John Douglas, Senator Wayne Wallingford, Lynn Lancaster, and Gayla Roten - MMSC State Director

 

 
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Gayla Roten - MMSC State Director, John Douglas, Lynn Lancaster, Representative Holly Rehder, and Dr. Steven Hoffman - MMSC Board President




Main Street Willow Springs


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Bob Lewis, Representative David Evans, Mary Jones, Isabelle Jones, and Keith Winge - MMSC Community Development Director




Rockaway Main Street


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Senator David Sater, Jim Harriger, and Keith Winge - MMSC Community Development Director

 

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Representative Jeff Justus with Jim Harriger

 

 

Knob Noster Revitalization Commission 


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Luke Lewis, Gayla Roten - MMSC State Director, Senator Denny Hoskins, Bud Thering, Dr. Steven Hoffman - MMSC Board President


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Gayla Roten - MMSC State Director, Luke Lewis, Bud Thering, Representative Brad Pollitt, and Dr. Steven Hoffman - MMSC Board President 

 



Kirksville and Brunswick 


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Dr. Steven Hoffman - MMSC Board President, Sarah Halstead, Zac Burden, Gayla Roten - MMSC State Director, Senator Cindy O'Laughlin, Thresa Kussman, Bill Jackson, Dan and Gaylene Green

  

 

Concordia Main Street, Inc. 


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Gayla Roten - MMSC State Director, Jami Benson, Representative Glen Kolkmeyer, Kaleb Nierman, and Dr. Steven Hoffman - MMSC Board President

 




Electric City Downtown Butler Main Street


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Gayla Roten - MMSC State Director, Tonya Williams, Senator Ed Emery, and Dr. Steven Hoffman - MMSC Board President



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Bob Lewis, Representative Patricia Pike, Tonya Williams, and Keith Winge - MMSC Community Development Director

 



Brunswick Main Street

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Gayla Roten - MMSC State Director, Bill Jackson, Representative Dave Muntzel, Thresa Kussman, and Dr. Steve Hoffman - MMSC Board President




DownTown Monroe City Revitalization

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Dr. Steven Hoffman - MMSC Board President, Debbie Kendrick, Mindy Hays, Loree Quinn, and MMSC State Director - Gayla Roten

 

 

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Missouri Main Street Connection Inc. (MMSC) is proud to be selected by The Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association as the winner for the Outstanding Plan Award.


The Community Master Plan for Marceline, MO, was based on the Main Street Four-Point Approach® which includes overall strategies implemented through Design, Economic Vitality, Promotion and Organization. Through their discussions with community members, the team developed three overarching important revitalization strategies based upon community input, economic data research, and potential success of implementing the Transformation Strategies. Goals within each strategy will help the Marceline community enhance the lives of current residents and appeal to visitors. These strategies included diverse housing and downtown properties, food and entertainment, and creative arts.


MMSC worked with the Board of Directors of Downtown Marceline, the City of Marceline, and a special Steering Committee consisting of community members to help lead the effort for the Master Plan for Marceline, MO, boyhood home of Walt Disney.  The MMSC Team consisted of MMSC staff and members from across the country with expertise in all aspects of community revitalization utilizing the Main Street Four-Point Approach®.

Gayla Roten, MMSC State Director noted, “This plan came from the community of Marceline identifying a common goal for the future that will ensure community success for years to come. MMSC is very proud to have worked with all involved on this project and we look forward to assisting in the implementation of this plan.” MMSC is honored to receive the APA Outstanding Plan Award. 

 
 
 
 
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Missouri Main Street Connection recently introduced a new benefit for our network, the Grant Resource Directory. The directory provides subscribers with a summary of the currently available grant opportunities that can be utilized to support downtown revitalization work.


One of the questions we get asked the most is where to find funding for Main Street organizations. Grants are one of the many ways in which an organization can support its work. Unfortunately, the research process is often so time consuming that Main Street organizations are unable to dedicate that time on top of everything else they do for their district. In response to this, we wanted to create a resource for our network that would cut down on the research time by putting the available opportunities in one place. The directory is sent via email twice a month to ensure that we are able to alert subscribers to new grant opportunities as soon as they become available in order to give them enough time to put together an application.




The directory includes a short summary of each opportunity, a link to more information and the deadline. There is also a section of opportunities that are available on an ongoing basis. These opportunities are often overlooked or not prioritized because they do not have a looming deadline. The directory will continually share these opportunities as a reminder of what is always available.

To give other subscribers ideas for grants, the directory will also feature how grants have been successful for other communities. Subscribers can also submit projects they are in need of funding for, for us to keep in mind when we are researching grants for the directory.

The directory is not meant to take the place of an organization’s individual grant research, however, we hope that this makes it easier for our communities to utilize available grant funding for projects that benefit their historic districts and the work of Main Street in their communities.

To subscribe to the Grant Resource Directory, send your request to Katelyn at katelyn@momainstreet.org.


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