We love historic downtowns!

Enhancing the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri.

Designated Missouri Main Street communities report economic impact in their districts each quarter.
Cumulative totals for the program:

Public and Private INVESTMENT


Net new businesses


Net New jobs


volunteer hours


Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Board of Directors

  • Board President
    Robert (Bob) Lewis
    Professor, Urban Planning & Development
    St. Louis University
    St. Louis, MO
  • Immediate Past President
    Steven Hoffman

    Professor, Department of History
    Southeast MO State University
    Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Board Treasurer
    Bridgette Kelch

    Executive Director,
    East Central College Foundation
    Union, MO
  • Board Acting Secretary
    Joe Lauber
    Attorney at Law,
    Lauber Municipal Law
    Lee's Summit, MO
  • Board Member
    Russ Volmert
    Capital Projects Manager,
    Forest Park Forever
    St. Louis, MO
  • Board Member
    Karen Bode Baxter
    Preservation Specialist/Consultant
    St. Louis, MO

  • Board Member
    Dawn Dauer

    Chief Banking Officer,
    The Bank of Missouri 
    Cape Girardeau, MO

  • Board Member
    Robert Espeland

    Vice-President, State Tax Credit Clearinghouse
    US Bancorp
    St. Louis, MO
  • Board Member
    Christine (Chris) Johnston

    MarksNelson, LLC
    Kansas City, MO

  • Board Member
    Sheila Holm 
    Community Outreach Director,
    AARP in St. Louis
    Fenton, MO
  • Board Member
    Sandy Lucy

    Mayor, City of Washington
    Washington, MO

  • Board Member
    Mark Pauley

    Manager, Development Finance
    Missouri Department of Economic Development
    Jefferson City, MO
  • Board Member
    Dan Ross

    Executive Director
    Missouri Municipal League
    Jefferson City, MO

Advisory Board

  • Darin Chappell
    City Administrator, City of Chillicothe
    Chillicothe, MO
  • William Emmons
    Assistant Vice President and Economist
    Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    St. Louis, MO
  • Jonathan Kemper
    William T. Kemper Foundation
    Kansas City, MO
  • John Vietmeier
    Downtown Washington
    Washington, MO
  • Senator Mike Cierpiot
    District 8
    Jefferson City, MO
  • Mark Grimm
    Chairman, Gilmore and Bell
    St. Louis, MO

  • Julie Turnipseed
    Anderson County Development Agency
    Garnett, KS
  • Senator Bill Williams
    District 14
    Jefferson City, MO


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