We will use this space to uphold our mission, which is to provide communities with knowledge and tools to economically and physically revitalize their downtown.
Missouri Main Street Connection is part of the National Trust’s nationwide Main Street® Program that works to ensure that downtown districts are essential elements to their sense of community, their cultural heritage and to the total economy of their individual cities and states. Downtown revitalization is encouraged through economic development within the context of historic preservation. The primary purpose of a local and statewide Main Street® Program is to ensure the long-term success of the downtown by creating, educating, training and empowering a comprehensive, professional, volunteer-based downtown revitalization organization.
Wow, that seems like a tall order but we do this everyday through the Main Street network of volunteers, board members, managers, business owners, property owners and city/county government officials…and want this blog to be another avenue to continue this work. We will work towards this mission through the sharing of stories, photos, examples and links to assist our Missouri downtown communities in their work of revitalizing. We will site examples from our communities and share their best practices.
We have some great folks working in our downtowns and they have much to share on their hard work. Currently there are six Accredited Communities, three Associate Communities, eleven Affiliate Grant Communities and fourteen Affiliate Communities – so we have some great folks ready to share their expertise.
We, as staff, will also share some of the exploits of our travels around the state. We will also utilize our great board and advisory board members to share knowledge and information related to the Four Points. So much great information and we will try to put it into the context of the Main Street Philosophy.
Please share your thoughts and advice as we share these blog posts. We want this blog to be interactive. That is the essence of Main Street – sharing information and expertise and we need your feedback to be successful. We look forward to this new journey and relationship and welcome you along for the ride.