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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 8am - 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.



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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

 

 

Read The Full Press Release Here

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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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