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Revitalization Conference

July 26 - 27, 2017 | Columbia, MO

Every year Missouri Main Street Connection hosts a top notch statewide conference for anyone who is participating in or interested in commercial district revitalization. 

Get Plugged in... Downtown!

Our revitalization conference is a place to be inspired, make new connections and get new tools to keep your downtown vibrant and competitive in today's market. This conference is the only educational and networking event in the state of Missouri for commercial district revitalization that blends economic development, community revitalization and historic preservation that is relevant to rural, mid-sized and urban communities.

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Show Me The Money!

The 2017 Annual Downtown Revitalization Conference is an invaluable conference you don't want to miss! Show Me The Money will feature sessions about grants, loans, tax credits, and other forms of finance through federal, state, and local funding organizations available to Missouri communities. Session speakers will also be available during the "Open House" to talk with you one-on-one about services and resources they offer.

Show Me the Money for:

  • streetscape
  • facade loans
  • farmer markets
  • community buildings
  • program director/support staff
  • arts/placemaking
  • speakers/facilitators
  • tax credit programs
  • events/festivals
  • marketing tourism
  • buildings/districts on the National Register
  • and more!

Keynotes too Good to Miss: 

The "Show Me the Money RIGHT NOW!" luncheon will get you inspired and on the right path for tracking down funding. Thomas Vansaghi combines over 20 years in public service and nonprofit work with a solid base of academic and teaching credentials. He will lead this spirited session and reveal the biggest secret to successfully raising money for Missouri's Main Street nonprofit organizations. Participants will leave with a richer and inspired perspective on the fundraising process. (This is a ticketed event; pre-order price $15.)

"The State of Downtowns in Missouri...Proven Roadmap to Downtown Success" keynote address by Donovan Rypkema will reveal the economic impact of Main Street in Missouri over the past 10 years. Mr. Rypkema performs feasibility analyses for real estate development, training in community-based development, economic restructuring of downtowns and neighborhood commercial centers and the rehabilitation of historic structures throughout the United States for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations as well as worldwide. (This is a ticketed event; no fee, RSVP required.) 



The following rates are online through July 25.  Rates increase for on-site registrations.

Regular:  $225 Member | $300 Non-member

Main Street Group (3+ people):  $200 pp (Must be member)

Student:  $100

One Day:  $125 Member | $200 Non-member

Register online or register by mail using this form.  Read Registration Details


Conference Location

Downtown Columbia, MO

Historic Tiger Hotel
23 S. 8th Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Get directions.  Check out the video to the right from The District in Columbia. 


Historic Tiger Hotel
23 S. 8th Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Booking information:
King: $139
Double: $149
Suite: $149
Room block name: Missouri Main Street
Room block expires: June 26, 2017
Please call the Tiger Hotel direct 24/7 at 573-875-8888 to reserve rooms.


Show Me the Money offers 1-1/2 days of resources for federal, state and local funding opportunities for downtown revitalization.

Download the 2017 Show Me the Money Schedule at a Glance
Download the 2017 Show Me the Money Session Descriptions


Partnering with Missouri Main Street helps to provide the leadership and inspiration needed for Missouri communities to re-invest in their downtowns, neighborhoods, and business districts.

Download the 2017 Conference Application.  


Quick Links:  Registration | Conference Location | Accommodations | Schedule | Sponsorship

A portion of this conference is provided in partnership with USDA-Rural Housing Services through the Rural Community Development Initiative.