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Director's Message

by Ben White, Director 9. April 2019 17:09

Are you as ready for spring and warm weather as I am? This happens to be my favorite time of the year downtown as the daffodils spring up in the permanent planters and flower pots are spread out all throughout downtown, creating this amazing array of colors that marks the start of spring. Take a walk downtown; you never know what you will find!

Our organization has been busy promoting downtown Chillicothe as a great place to work, visit, and play. In March, we gave a talk at the Missouri Conference on History on our successful strategies in preserving our downtown through partnerships. We also received an award from the Missouri chapter of the American Planning Association in recognition of Silver Moon Plaza being a Great Public Space. Finally, we just got back from our national conference in Seattle where we were recognized as a Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist, an honor only given to ten Main Street communities in the nation.

We’re also excited to showcase some awesome new projects! As the weather warms up, you will begin to see some building façade work downtown as these old buildings receive some new life. The Arts District on Locust Street will also see significant improvement as more creative elements are added down that corridor in addition to the benches and trees already installed. A few new businesses will be opening up here in the next few months that will fill a need in our community that we will be excited to announce when the time comes.

We will also be starting work soon on the newest mural downtown on the side of Klinginsmith Chiropractic. We’ve been fortunate to work with a new mural artist that will try and match Kelly Poling’s style as much as possible. Kelly was an amazing asset, volunteer, and friend to our organization, and we will continue to promote his legacy for years to come.

As always, reach out to me if you have any questions/concerns concerning downtown. Be sure to visit our website for a full list of our upcoming events and to get more information on starting a business or how to support our not-for-profit. Until next time!



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