For the heart of our community to thrive, it takes a team of dedicated local and state partners. Monett Main Street would like to thank the following groups for their tireless efforts to support our mission and vision.
The city is a valuable partner in our revitalization efforts, from annual events to beautification efforts to developing and reinforcing zoning controls and infrastructure. The city has been working towards building a community of Pride & Progress since 1855, creating a progressive community to live, play and do business.
The Chamber is a business network of local businesses and individuals, whose goal is to build a stronger community together. Chamber Executive Director Jeff Meredith serves as the president of Monett Main Street, working closely with the board and the City on business promotions in the Main Street area and offering leadership development for local businesses.
In 2013 the board organized the Monett Community Development Corporation, a local community development organization focused on investing in downtown Monett. The MCDC provides gap financing for new and expanding businesses and assists in the redevelopment of Monettâ€™s more established commercial and business districts.
The Asociacion is a service organization with a mission of bringing cultures together and helping to build a better future for youth in the community. The organization holds downtown events such as Hispanic Heritage Month festivities, and also helps to beautify and maintain the Main Street area through volunteer cleanup of vacant storefronts.
The Monett Historical Society was founded in 2007 to preserve Monettâ€™s rich history, promote historical preservation in the district, and maintain the Monett Historical Museum located at 705 E. Broadway.
The DREAM Initiative is a collaboration between the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Development Finance Board and Missouri Housing Development Commission to provide communities across the state with access to technical and financial assistance for downtown revitalization. Since 2006 the DREAM Initiative has provided nearly 40 communities across the state of Missouri with the support and resources needed to further existing downtown revitalization plans.
Monett Main Street is proud to be an affiliate community in the Main Street program and member of Missouri Main Street Connection. The organization helps communities throughout the state revitalize their economy, appearance, and image of their commercial business districts within the context of historic preservation and employs the Main Street Four-Point ApproachÂ® to Revitalization, as developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Program.
In the heart of Ozark country, Monett was established in 1887 as a trading post and shipping center for the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, later known as the Frisco. Originally settled as Plymouth, Plymouth Junction and Plymouth Crossing, the town was part of the Cherokee Indianâ€™s Trails of Tears in the 1830s. The rail line had a large impact on the community, transforming Monett from a quiet town to a vibrant transportation hub for the region. The town developed into a diverse economy, with trade in livestock, apples, tomatoes, cigars, ice, razors and cutlery, poultry, dairy and the famous Ozark strawberries. In fact, Monett was known as the â€œStrawberry Capital of the Midwestâ€ for many years.
Today Monett has evolved into a diverse manufacturing center and a regional hub for business and industry, for both nationwide leaders in their field and small, family-owned businesses alike. Monett is headquarters for EFCO Corporation, a major manufacturer of custom windows, and Jack Henry and Associates, Inc., one of the largest providers of information technology services for financial institutions worldwide. Many other businesses and corporations have facilities in Monett, as the area continues to grow.
Though the Frisco has long since left Monett, todayâ€™s city street names reflect its railway heritage, including Bond, Cale, Wishart, Dunn, Benton and Scott â€“ all former railroad officials â€“ and the original town structure remains. The historic buildings and landmarks stand in much the same place as they did in the late 19th century. In 2014 a large portion of the central business district was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is now referred to as the Downtown Monett Historic District. Monett is a vibrant small-town community with unique shops and businesses and a culture that demonstrates a continued commitment to creating a place of â€œPride & Progress,â€ honoring and remembering our past as we grow into our progressive future.
Since Monett Main Street was founded in 2012, we have worked to achieve our mission of revitalizing and strengthening downtown Monett. Below are several of our top community activities and accomplishments. Check back for regular updates on new activities, goals and projects.
Since 2012 we have awarded fifteen façade renovation grants for improvements to the exteriors of downtown buildings, helping to renew the character and beautify the heart of our city. With owner’s investment, the project has resulted in approximately $40,000 invested downtown, with improvements ranging from new awnings or a fresh coat of paint to larger-scale restoration projects. Businesses in the Main Street area that are intent on enhancing the social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of historic downtown Monett are eligible to apply for upcoming grants.
In July 2014 our application to register as a historic district was approved by the National Park Service and now a large portion of the central business district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, referred to as Downtown Monett Historic District. Contributing properties are eligible for a combination of state and federal tax credits up to $0.45 cents on the dollar for any substantial improvement made to their properties. Along with the historic district, Monett Historical Society will be renovating an existing downtown building to house their displays and have a community meeting space. This building is located at the corner of Sixth and Broadway.
Monett Main Street has created a logo specific to the Main Street area to give downtown a unique visual identity. Additionally, wayfinding signs have been installed directing visitors to downtown Monett for shopping, restaurants and city information. These signs create a positive first impression of downtown and help to establish a sense of place for our community’s core. More signs will be added in the coming months to direct visitors to attractions and public parking areas.
To enhance curb appeal and boost visitor’s first impression of the area, we have provided sidewalk flower pots for all Main Street businesses. Volunteers worked long hours to plant arrangments in typical Monett Cubs colors along Broadway in 2015 to help beautify the downtown area. New “Discover Downtown,” autumn and patriotic banners have also been purchased. Businesses have had the opportunity to sponsor a “Discover Downtown” banner that will be placed along Kyler and Central for all community members to see. Businesses interested in sponsoring banners need to call the Chamber of Commerce at 417.235.7919 for more information.
This signature Monett Main Street event occurred for the first time in August 2014 and was held again in August 2015. At the inaugural event, downtown Monett welcomed hundreds of visitors with food, live music and nearly 40 vendors offering a wide range of arts and crafts made with repurposed goods. The event was even larger in 2015 with FYI Guy Jeremy Rabe! 2016 is shaping up to be bigger and better. Stay tuned for additional special events and downtown entertainment!
Each quarter we publish a newsletter to update the community on events, goals and accomplishments of Monett Main Street. Published in both English and Spanish, you can find this exciting news in your utility bill each publishing.
Together with our DREAM Initiative partners, Monett Main Street developed and maintains this website to provide resources for both existing and prospective businesses, a list of shops and amenities for visitors to explore, events and activities, and a sampling of all that downtown Monett has to offer.
Through the DREAM Initiative [1.1.3], our partners are developing a strategic plan to transform downtown Monett into a vital and bustling hub where residents and visitors alike live, visit and play. The plan will serve as a blueprint for the community, examining goals and infrastructure as outlined through the DREAM process, and suggest strategies and recommendations to best achieve those goals.
Check back soon to read the plan for more information on our vision for the future of downtown Monett.
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