We love historic downtowns!

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

Public and Private INVESTMENT


Net new businesses


Net New jobs


volunteer hours


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


Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Board of Directors

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

    Professor, Department of History & Anthropology
    Southeast MO State University
    Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Vice President
    Christine (Chris) Johnston

    MarksNelson, LLC
    Kansas City, MO
  • Board Treasurer
    Bridgette Kelch

    Executive Director,
    East Central College Foundation
    Union, MO
  • Secretary
    Dawn Dauer

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

  • Board Member
    Karen Bode Baxter
    Preservation Specialist/Consultant
    St. Louis, MO

  • Board Member
    Christina Carver

    Director, Business and Community Solutions Division, Missouri Department of Economic Development
    Jefferson City, MO
  • Board Member
    William (Bill) Emmons
    Adjunct Lecturer, Washington University,
    St. Louis, MO
  • Board Member
    Robert Espeland

    Vice-President, U.S. Bancorp Impact Finance
    St. Louis, MO
  • Board Member
    Mark Pauley

    Deputy Director, Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority Missouri Department of Natural Resources
    Jefferson City, MO
  • Board Member
    Russ Volmert
    Capital Projects Manager,
    Forest Park Forever
    St. Louis, MO

Advisory Board

  • Senator Mike Cierpiot
    District 8
    Jefferson City, MO
  • Dana Gould
    Principal, SFS Architecture Inc.
    Kansas City, MO
  • Mark Grimm
    Chairman, Gilmore and Bell
    St. Louis, MO
  • Erica Hagan
    Executive Director, The Magic House, MADE for Kids
    St. Louis, MO
  • Jason Hall
    Greater St. Louis, Inc. 
    St. Louis, MO
  • Richard Sheets
    Executive Director, Missouri Municipal League
    Jefferson City, MO
  • Julie Turnipseed
    Executive Director, Anderson County Development Agency
    Garnett, KS
  • John Vietmeier
    Downtown Washington
    Washington, MO
  • Senator Brian Williams
    District 14
    Jefferson City, MO

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