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Main Street America™ has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program.

As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, MMSC helps to lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

Our Partners in Downtown Revitalization

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The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) initiated the Missouri Main Street Program in 1989 to implement legislation passed by the 84th Missouri General Assembly. It remains the state’s first and only comprehensive downtown revitalization program. Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, has assumed management of the Missouri Main Street program, and partners with DED to bring the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to communities in Missouri.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) provides guidance on preservation issues to the Main Street communities. The NTHP website and publications, plus the annual and regional preservation conferences, and a network of preservation specialists throughout the nation provide valuable knowledge assets for the Main Street® communities. Through a variety of resources, NTHP also offers assistance to revitalization efforts, including the services of the National Trust Loan Fund.

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As the only federal government agency focused solely on economic development, the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) leads in preparing American regions for growth and success in a global economy through promoting innovation and competitiveness. Key areas that EDA focuses on in Missouri are sustainable job growth and building resilient regional economies with their regional collaboration and partners who participate in their programming and grants to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.

Missouri Preservation (Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation) is Missouri’s only statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and coordinating historic preservation activities throughout the State. They advocate for, educate about, and assist in the preservation of architectural and historic landmarks that embody Missouri’s unique heritage and sense of place.

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Since President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation to establish the United States Department of Agriculture, it has impacted the lives of generations of Americans through their work on food, agriculture, economic development and other issues. Today they continue implementing their vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation’s natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

For over 50 years, Missouri Humanities has been dedicated to helping Missourians explore the people, places, and ideas that shape our society. They accomplish this through their partnerships and community outreach which enriches lives and strengthens communities. Focusing on community, veterans, literature, and heritage, Missouri Humanities utilizes grants, digital programming, events, and more to allow people to learn from the past, appreciate places that have changed with time, and think of bright ways to envision the future.

Missouri Arts Council
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A state agency that is dedicated to broadening the growth, availability, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri and fostering the diversity, vitality, and excellence of Missouri’s communities, economy and cultural heritage. The grants MAC awards make possible quality arts programming to communities both large and small throughout Missouri.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is the state agency in Missouri authorized to carry out the responsibilities of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.  Through their comprehensive, statewide historic preservation plan, Our Sense of Place: Preserving Missouri’s Cultural Resources, the Missouri SHPO provides objectives and actions to preserve and increase appreciation for Missouri’s historic places and history. Additionally, they offer a wide variety of resources and assistance through reviewing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, overseeing the state’s architectural and archaeological survey programs, Section 106 Review and Compliance, managing Missouri’s Certified Local Government Program, reviewing State and Federal Historic Tax Credit applications, and administering Historic Preservation Grant programs.

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