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

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