Main Streets have long served as the traditional center of a community, offering social, cultural and economic activities for residents and visitors alike. However, as communities grow and commerce changes, these activities have often evolved outside of the downtown area. It is important to preserve these areas, often rich with culture and history, since they are often where communities come together and learn about their past.
In 1980 the National Trust for Historic Preservationestablished a downtown revitalization program to provide a nationwide network of communities with a common goal, as well as share their proven Main Street Four-Point ApproachÂ® to revitalization. This approach provides a framework for communities to improve their neighborhoods and enhance the economic base and heart of the area. To learn more about this approach, please see the right-hand column.
Monett is a proud affiliate community member of the Missouri Main Street Connection, the state umbrella organization for the national Main Street program. Through this relationship, our volunteer leadership has received various training opportunities through workshops and conferences, as well as access to an array of revitalization resource materials to help revitalize and strengthen our downtown area.