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We hope you and your family are healthy and safe.
As you all are aware, as the local, state, and federal response to the coronavirus crisis continues to evolve, MMSC has worked diligently to keep pace. The pandemic caused us to immediately respond to the needs of our communities, small businesses, and our downtown revitalization programs in new, unprecedented ways. The MMSC team is settling into a rhythm with new realities as we begin the journey of reopening alongside you.
With that said, and given the progression of the crisis and the uncertain times, the Missouri Main Street Board of Directors and the entire MMSC team have determined that it would be best to postpone our Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference until next year. Having spent the past year preparing for yet another great State Conference with our team, Board of Directors, speakers, exhibitors, and all our event partners, we are genuinely disappointed to not to be able to provide this learning laboratory and networking event. Please know this was a very tough decision and not one taken lightly.

We might not be able to meet in a large gathering to recognize the fantastic and dynamic people and projects in our Missouri Main Street communities, but we are planning a virtual Evening of Excellence Awards Celebration. We are working to finalize the date of the virtual Evening of Excellence – The Show Must Go On.

These have certainly been challenging times, but we continue to be humbled and amazed by the outpouring of kindness and goodness for each other and our communities. We have witnessed these acts of goodness firsthand and through your eyes all across our state. Thank you for your care and concern for each other and thank you for sharing all of these great stories with us.
Until we meet again, remember that every small business is the very heart of our community, so please reach out and show your support today.

Take care, Gayla Roten, State Director, Missouri Main Street Connection
MMSC is Equipping Businesses & Communities
Through These Changing Times

Have you missed a Mornings on Main webinar? We have them all recorded and saved online for you to watch and share with your community members. 
Downtown Revitalization In A
COVID-19 Environment
Are you settling into the “new normal”? Are you getting into a new routine? Is it time to start thinking about the future again? As we are evolving through this COVID-19 pandemic, we still need to think about those short- and long-term Main Street projects and initiatives we have been dreaming about for years. Whether it is a new streetscape, a fundraising plan, or even a downtown master plan, now is the time to start thinking about how to make those projects a reality. 

Missouri Main Street Connection has the expertise and background to assist in those conversations. Check out our Service Directory or Matching Grant Programs to jump start the process. Missouri Main Street can be your partner in many of these projects through our own experienced staff as well as experts and specialists from around the country. Using the Main Street principles and over 40 years of success, our staff can help you craft the right plan, action steps, and funding sources for any project. 

Did you know you can utilize CARES Act money allocated from the federal government to bring Missouri Main Street to your community and to assist with these projects? Call our office (417-334-3014) today to inquire.
Remembering Vicki Vance

It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Vicki Vance, Historic Downtown Liberty's Executive Director. Vicki selflessly gave her heart, time, and energy to Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc. since 2007 and was known as the ‘face of downtown’ to thousands that visited businesses and attended events. Vicki’s motto of “Together We’re Better” will live on in downtown Liberty, forever. We are grateful for her service to her community and know her legacy will continue to live on.

You can leave a condolence here .
Please Help Us Welcome Missouri's
Newest Executive Directors
Tina Williams
Clinton Main Street
Jameson Howard
Historic Downtown Liberty
Pam Jarding
Main Street Chillicothe
Morgan McIntosh
Downtown Poplar Bluff
  • Clinton Main Street, Inc. is happy to announce that Kristina (Tina) Williams is the new Clinton Main Street Executive Director. Many will recognize Tina from the Henry County Museum. Tina has local roots having grown up in the Lakeland School district. She went on to receive her undergraduate from Washburn University and her masters from Johns Hopkins University. Tina has now returned to Clinton to make her home with her husband, Josh, and daughter, Victoria. Tina is excited to work with the Main Street program to improve and revitalize the Historic Downtown Clinton Square.

  • The Board of Directors for Historic Downtown Liberty Inc. are pleased to announce that Jameson Howard has accepted the position of Executive Director. Jameson graduated from William Jewell College where he received degrees in Business Administration, Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry, and Nonprofit Leadership. Vicki Vance brought him on board as an Intern through the Pryor Leadership Fellow with William Jewell College during the Fall of 2019. Vicki was so impressed with Jameson’s interpersonal skills and work performance, that her hope was for Jameson to eventually take over her role as Executive Director. In full agreement, the HDLI Board is pleased to fulfill her wish to have Jameson continue his work in support of a vibrant downtown community in Liberty, MO with an eye on historic preservation and economic vitality.

  • Pam Jarding has been chosen by the Board of Directors as the next Executive Director for Main Street Chillicothe. Mrs. Jarding has been involved with Main Street Chillicothe for approximately 15 years and has served in many capacities. Her involvement has included serving on various committees, serving on the Main Street Board and serving as Board President, as well as being the Executive Director from 2005 to July 2006. Pam is currently the 4th Ward Councilwoman for the City of Chillicothe, a board member of the Livingston County Extension Council, a board member for the North Missouri Center for Youth and Families,a member of the Hedrick Medical Center Community Advisory Committee, and a member of the personnel committee of the First Baptist Church, as well as a member of the church Praise Team, Choir, and Ensemble group. Mrs. Jarding is a native of Missouri, and was born and raised on a farm outside of Milan. She has been married to Jim Jarding for 45 years.

  • Morgan McIntosh stepped into the position of Executive Director of Downtown Poplar Bluff, Inc. in late March. She was born and raised in Poplar Bluff and is married to lifelong resident Bobby McIntosh. Together they have a daughter, Stella. Morgan comes from a career in banking where she worked closely with locally-owned small businesses. She is working with a goal to see established downtown businesses flourish while also bringing new business to the district. 
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Missouri Main Street Connection is a statewide, 501c3, not-for-profit organization committed to fostering renewed vitality and sustainability in historic commercial districts across the state of Missouri.