Missouri Main Street Connection does not recommend a Main Street run by the city. In our experience the Main Street model works best when run as a nonprofit which allows for more community buy-in, ability to apply for grants, and more. However, it is possible […]
Local Main Street
Any Missouri community that has a traditional downtown district can form a local Main Street program through our matching service grant or on their own. This local Main Street program then can sign a program agreement with MMSC. Communities that have a program agreement with
Main Street is a program for downtown commercial revitalization, not a requirement. Communities with a traditional historic downtown district can become Main Streets, regardless of what the communities street names may be.
Main Street is a grassroots initiative funded in part by individuals in the community, business sponsors, corporate contributions, local fundraising projects, grants and municipal government. Each local Main Street Program is responsible for securing its own funding, which should come from diverse sources and show
No. Chambers of Commerce are designed to promote business and benefit their members. Main Street programs are planned and implemented with community participation and with the goal of benefiting everyone in the community.
My community cannot hire a full-time Main Street director. Can we hire someone part-time or can a volunteer do the job?
A full-time Executive Director is desirable, but most new programs can afford only a part-time director or volunteer. The goal for new programs is to develop a working Board of Directors that operates efficiently and carries out effective planning and program implementation while building the
Technically yes. There is no longer a trademark registration for the term “Main Street” held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s (NTHP) National Main Street Center for revitalization organizations. Though, there are sublicensed materials, including logos and website copy that are provided by NTHP,
Revitalization is an ongoing process, not a project with a completion date. The principles of the Main Street Approach™ lend to local Main Street programs becoming sustainable organizations that are comprehensive, action-oriented, and work incrementally. Downtown needs continual support because economic conditions change and the
MMSC’s role is to provide advice and technical assistance grounded in the latest information, tools, and techniques. Our staff does not determine local policy. We can, and often do, provide guidance on how a Main Street’s nonprofit board should conduct business. Upholding business in an