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    Main Street Lexington Steering Committee visits Chillicothe

    by Ben White, Director 25. March 2014 16:12

    Chillicothe shares Main Street success stories with Lexington Committee members.

    The newly formed Steering Committee for Main Street Lexington is not wasting any time in gathering helpful data and ideas from cities that have demonstrated successful downtown redevelopment projects. On Friday, March 14th, a delegation of members from Main Street Lexington accompanied by Ward 1 City Councilman Harold Bonanomi visited the city of Chillicothe.

    “Chillicothe has achieved great success through the Main Street program – and we wanted to have a frank conversation with their folks to see what worked and what didn’t” said Chip Langman, Chair of the Lexington Main Street Steering Committee. “Our goal is not to reinvent the wheel, but to see how we can best integrate our efforts with the number of groups already doing great things in Lexington” Langman continued.

    During the visit, Steering Committee members from Lexington met with Chillicothe Main Street Board President Staci Baker and Executive Director Micah Landes. “They were very gracious and offered very helpful information that Main Street Lexington can digest and decide how to tailor to their own needs” stated Councilman Harold Bonanomi. Following the meeting, the visitors from Lexington were given a downtown walking tour of Chillicothe from Micah Landes and the history of various projects ranging from murals to building retrofits.

    Friday’s delegation from Lexington included Harold Bonanomi - Ward 1 City Councilman, Main Street Lexington Steering Committee members Chip Langman – Chair, Richard Chinnery – Vice Chair, Pandora Kuhnlein, Dee Gee Rivers, and community members Jim Kuhnlein and Sharon Langman.

    The Lexington Main Street Committee’s next public meeting will be Monday, March 24th at 5:00 PM in the Lexington City Council Chambers located at 919 Franklin Street.


    Main Street Chillicothe Recieves Accreditation

    by Ben White, Director 25. March 2014 16:08

    Attaining Accreditation from the National Main Street Program gives Main Street Chillicothe bragging rights among Missouri communities. This is the highest level of recognition a community can receive through the Missouri Main Street Connection and it confers the honor of both national and state accreditation.
    To receive National and State Accredited status a community must reach the Main Street criteria standards each year and must have successfully completed the services provided by MMSC to the Selected Level Communities.
    Offering congratulations to Main Street Chillicothe for this achievement were Gayla Roten, state director of MMSC, and Norma Ramírez de Miess, senior program officer of the National Trust Main Street Center.
    “We are pleased to see how Main Street Chillicothe has proactively addressed planning, built partnerships with the city and other civic groups, and continued to expand its leadership base to be an effective instrument for implementing a comprehensive revitalization strategy,” Miess said.
    The Missouri Main Street Program’s purpose is to create vibrant communities across the state. This effort is based on numerous recent studies showing that empowering individuals to develop their downtown motivates high achievement, where people will want to live, work and invest, making our state economically stronger.
    The goal of the Main Street Center and Missouri Main Street program is to encourage preservation-based economic development through the Four-Point Approach:
    Organization:  Working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement a Main Street revitalization program
    Promotion: Creating a positive image of the commercial district and encouraging consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the Main Street district.
    Design: Putting Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets, such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets is just part of the story.
    Economic Restructuring: Strengthening the community’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base.
    Missouri Main Street Connection provides communities with the tools needed to develop into thriving downtowns.
    “These tools can be used to create jobs and build a sense of place that not only provides for current Missouri residents, but makes our communities more attractive to new residents and generations to come,” said Roten.
    Communities selected for the accreditation review are evaluated using the annual evaluation process and accreditation criteria intended to assist each community in performing up to national accreditation standards, as prescribed by the National Main Street Center. Though it is a critical moment for a Missouri Main Street community to become Accredited, it is equally important for the community to maintain the Accreditation status once it has been earned.
    Missouri Main Street’s mission is to enhance the social, cultural and environmental well being of historic downtown business districts located in Missouri’s diverse cities and towns, through education using the Main Street Four Point Approach to Revitalization, as developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The mission is based on the principle that America’s historic commercial districts are a valuable asset that is worth preserving, and that they can contribute to the total economic vitality of their communities.


    Main Street Chillicothe attends Missouri Main Street Showcase

    by Ben White, Director 25. March 2014 16:05

    Missouri state legislators and visitors from communities throughout Missouri attended a reception January 27 in Jefferson City at the G3 Gallery, hosted by the Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc.

    The event showcased the communities that participate in the revitalization efforts of the Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) and also the winners of the Missouri Downtown Revitalization Awards which were presented by MMSC last summer in Kansas City at the Annual Downtown Revitalization Conference.

    MMSC is a state-wide program offering education and mentoring in downtown revitalization strategies using the Main Street Four-Point ApproachR to revitalization as developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The approach is a comprehensive methodology addressing all components of revitalization including organization, design, economic restructuring and promotions, all within the context of historic preservation.

    Economic data was shared with the legislators that is collected locally by the communities participating in the Missouri Main Street program. This date shows the strength and vitality of these communities using of the Main Street Four-Point ApproachR. The following data was collected over the past eight years:

     $625,692,098 of private investment, including exterior facade improvements, restoration, interior building improvements and new construction.

     $2,234 of private investment for every dollar appropriated to the Missouri Main Street Connection by the State of Missouri

     $114 million of infrastructure improvements by municipal governments

     $298 net new businesses

     2,163 net new jobs. Cost to DED for creating each new job: $129 based on appropriations to MMSC.

     159,899 total volunteer hours donated to Missouri Main Street communities representing over $3.4 million based on IRS volunteer hourly rate ($21.36)

    Missouri Main Street Connection is currently providing revitalization training and mentoring to 145 communities in the state, plus Main Street accreditation services


    Investing in Downtown

    by Ben White, Director 25. March 2014 15:58
     Main Street Chillicothe, an organization that is working to preserve the heritage of our community while promoting economic growth downtown. Our Team, Board of Directors, and Committees are dedicated to making downtown Chillicothe a bustling hub of activity now, and for years to come. Our organization is dedicated to the process of making that happen, but we need your help.
    As Main Street Chillicothe continues its mission of revitalizing Chillicothe’s historic district, it is clear that this work requires the participation of dozens-even hundreds-of people. Obviously, this work also requires financial support. Main Street Chillicothe, being a not-for-profit organization, depends on investors such as community members and area businesses in order to complete our mission of preserving, protecting and promoting downtown Chillicothe. All residents are asked to become a stakeholder in downtown and play a vital role in the success of the local downtown organization. Investments help make the downtown a place where families gather, shoppers frequent, festivals and activities abound, and great amenities entice people from near and far. Consider investing in the heart of a great community and preserving a piece of the past for decades to come.
    Contact Main Street Chillicothe by email, 660-646-4071 or stop by the Commerce Center at 514 Washington St. Investments are considered a tax deductible contribution.


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