Missouri Main Street Connection Hosts Main Street Capitol Day
January 28, 2020 | Janie Dennison
Missouri Main Street Connection Inc, (MMSC) hosted Main Street Capitol Day in Jefferson City, MO on January 27, 2020. The annual event gathered communities across the state to visit with legislators to celebrate the achievements by communities participating in the Missouri Main Street state-wide revitalization program. Members of Main Street organizations throughout the state attended to share information and insight with the legislators about the impact Main Street has had on their communities. MMSC has advanced economic and workforce development in both Main Street communities and the entire state of Missouri.
Missouri Main Street Connection is a non-profit designed to help communities preserve their historic commercial districts through economic revitalization. MMSC has empowered downtown revitalization in Missouri communities since 2006, resulting in $964 million of private and public investments, the creation of 829 net new businesses, and the development of 4,097 net new jobs in Main Street communities.
State Director, Gayla Roten noted, “Missouri Main Street communities have a lot to be proud of as they work to revitalize their downtowns. Main Street Capitol Day is our opportunity to showcase our impact to the legislators, especially those whose districts are represented by our Main Street communities.”
Missouri Main Street Connection is a statewide program currently providing services and training to over 140 communities across the state. MMSC offers education and mentoring in downtown revitalization strategies using the Main Street Four-Point Approach® 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 vitality and promotions, all within the context of historic preservation.
MMSC Board Vice President Bob Lewis, Board President Dr. Steven Hoffman, State Director Gayla Roten, Senator Mike Cierpiot, Pam Buck – Downtown Blue Springs, and Donnie Rodgers – Downtown Lee’s Summit
Jill Purvis – Warrensburg Main Street, Senator Denny Hoskins, Pam Jarding – Main Street Chillicothe and Katelyn Brotherton – MMSC
Liz Haynes – Old Town Cape Girardeau, Senator Wayne Wallingford, Katelyn Brotherton – MMSC
Senator Jamilah Nasheed with David Ottinger – Bevo, John Chen – Downtown Dutchtown, and Keith Winge – MMSC
Dr. Steven Hoffman – MMSC Board President, Gayla Roten – State Director, Bob Lewis – MMSC Vice President, and Representative Hannah Kelly
Ben White – MMSC, Cassidy Lowery – Downtown Washington, Representative Aaron Griesheimer, and Tyler King – Downtown Washington
Dr. Steven Hoffman – MMSC Board President, Representative Scott Cupps, Gayla Roten – State Director, Bob Lewis – MMSC Vist President
Keith Winge – MMSC, Representative Jeff Coleman, and Pam Buck – Downtown Blue Springs
Representative Donna Baringer with John Chen – Downtown Dutchtown, David Ottinger – Bevo, and Keith Winge – MMSC
Tom Elliott – Historic Tanglefoot Association with Representative Becky Ruth
Jill Purvis – Warrensburg Main Street with Representative Dan Houx