Our Successes

Since Main Street Chillicothe came into being in 2000, we have been working hard to bring real, tangible benefits to our community. In addition to ongoing support for businesses, below are highlights of our work to improve downtown Chillicothe.

Silver Moon Plaza

A new plaza with fountains, benches and plenty of room for community events, Main Street Chillicothe was the leader in the design and construction of Silver Moon Plaza. Both phases were strongly supported by the DREAM Initiative and received funding from the Missouri Development Finance Board along with thousands from private contributors.

Murals

The Main Street Chillicothe mural program began in the mid 1990's and has included nearly $200,000 towards repairing or adding to this unique treasure of our local landscape, painted by local artist Kelly Poling. Main Street Chillicothe has commissioned 17 murals & 2 ghost signs. We developed a mural map and created unique mural merchandise.

Building Renovation

We have awarded over 35 façade renovation grants with additional ones completed each year for improvements to downtown buildings, helping to beautify and renew the character of our city. Façade improvements have ranged from new paint and awnings to full-scale restoration. Main Street Chillicothe has also supported major renovation projects, including the renovation of the Strand Hotel into 32 apartment units.

Beautification

Main Street Chillicothe has worked with area businesses to add seasonal planters and hanging floral baskets downtown. Main Street also led a project to draw attention to downtown historic buildings through a bronze plaque program. We also manage the purchase, hanging and maintenance of the downtown Christmas Lights.

Brand and Identity

Main Street Chillicothe partnered with the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region, Chillicothe Development CorporationCity of Chillicothe and Livingston County to bring a unified look and feel to marketing Chillicothe. The work resulted in a new logo and brand guidelines, available to area organizations and municipalities.

National Semi-Finalist

In 2016, Main Street Chillicothe became a semi-finalist for the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA). Each year, 10 accredited Main Street communities across the nation are chosen as premier examples of places to live, work, play, and visit. Through community partnerships, downtown Chillicothe has become a unique destination for visitors and residents alike. To receive this distinction is a huge honor for the community. 

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