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Main Street 101 Available Now

Missouri Main Street Connection has developed an online training series providing in-depth details on the National Main Street Four-Point Approach. Main Street 101 will benefit board members, volunteers, and city officials on the principles of Main Street and the best practices related to a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization.  The Main Street approach and structure have been used in over 2,000 communities across the country since the 1980s.

The Main Street 101 online training is available free of charge to all communities in Missouri and was developed by the Missouri Main Street Connection staff with the help of specialists and partners.

What's included in Main Street 101?

  • The Main Street 4-Point Approach
  • National Main Street Background
  • Main Street Principles
  • History of Missouri Main Street Connection
  • Missouri Main Street Connection Available Resources

 Resources Available:

  • Handbook for all 4-Points
  • Executive Director Handbook
  • Main Street Approach Guide
  • Community Engagement Guide



All Missouri Main Street programs with an agreement will be required to have all new Board Members and Executive Directors/Managers complete the online training series and pass a multiple-choice test to gain their certificate of completion.  Each new individual will have six months from joining the organization to complete the online training series and gain their certification to meet the terms of their annual agreement with Missouri Main Street Connection.  The current fee to access the test for certification is $50 per person.

Once the exam has been completed and a passing score has been received, the certificate of completion can be downloaded or printed.  Please provide a copy of this document to the local Main Street Executive Director or Board President and it will be required as a part of the annual program review process. 

Certification details:

  • 50 question online exam
  • Questions based upon the 4-Points and Main Street Principles
  • Questions are either multiple choice or true/false 
  • One hour to complete the exam
  • Must pass with a score of 80% or higher


Take the Main Street 101 free training here

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Kemper Fund for Kansas and Missouri of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, USDA Rural Development (an equal opportunity organization), and Karen Bode Baxter. 

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