Missouri Main Street Program Receives USDA Grant

Missouri’s Main Street Connection program received a nearly  $255,000 grants to provide technical assistance to eight communities throughout rural Missouri; Missouri Main Street Connection will match the award.  The eight rural Missouri communities include Albany, Brookfield, Campbell, Carthage, Fayette, Sedalia, Sparta, and Trenton.  The grant means they will receive technical assistance utilizing The Main Street Approach™, a comprehensive framework for economic development that creates a sustainable local ecosystem for small businesses to succeed.

The effects of the recent COVID-19 pandemic have been felt by all businesses and communities, but the need for assistance is especially great for rural communities where the local economies are primarily comprised of small businesses.  Using this funding, each targeted community will receive assistance in its recovery process, increase its capacity for community development, increase local investment, and increase net new businesses and jobs. The goal is to unify the communities in common transformation strategies, establishing a better quality of life and community resiliency.

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