Since 2006 the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) Initiative has provided nearly 40 select communities across the state with access to the technical and financial assistance they need to accomplish their downtown revitalization plans. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the Missouri Development Finance Board and the Missouri Housing Development Commission, DREAM provides each community with the tailored planning and communications assistance that they need to reach their mission and vision.
Monett was designated a DREAM community in November 2010. PGAV, an urban planning, architecture and destination consulting firm, has implemented the Initiative, together with state agencies, Monett City staff, public officials, chamber representatives and Monett Main Street to re-establish a sense of place and cultural heritage in what was once the heart of the Monett.
To date, Monett residents, business owners and visitors have participated in a Web survey and focus groups to examine current views of downtown, as well as priority projects and revitalization efforts. An organization structure review, map reference handbook, financial assistance review, façade renderings and wayfinding reports have been completed. In the coming months, building design guidelines, residential demand analysis, retail market analysis, streetscape revitalization plan, and a strategic plan will be developed. Through the DREAM Initiative, many of our goals have become a reality. For a list of our successes, click here.