There is a lot of action in the Downtown Strong Grant world
now that the consultants have hit the ground running.
We are working with 12 different consultant groups who all
are passionate about helping each business and organization be successful and
Approximately 90% of the 65 businesses and 17 organizations
have had initial contact with their consultants and an initial meeting of some
sort (mostly virtual) with their consultants. In these meetings, the
consultants have learned more about the business or organization and asked a
lot of tough questions to see where the business or organization stands, if
anything has changed since the application process, and what they want to
accomplish. It gives them the information needed to provide the best services
possible within the grant guidelines and budget.
Some of the consultants have already set up on-site visits
over the next couple of months and all are moving as quickly as possible to
deliver their services. MMSC plans to also have a presence at as many of these
on-site visits as possible to strengthen this partnership (business/organization
– consultant – MMSC) and to continue to grow these relationships.
If you are one of the businesses or organizations who have
not yet had initial contact with your consultant, don’t be concerned. You will
hear something soon! Each of the consultants are working in their own unique
way and on their specific timelines, but all are committed to this program!
If you have any questions or want to chat about this program
and services, please reach out to Project Manager, Marla Mills. We can’t wait
to see the impact of this program on Missouri’s downtowns and their