Creative Collaborative Efforts Between Main Streets and Municipalities

Learning Approach: Best Practices

| Sheraton New Orleans, Napolean A | Posted: Monday, 9:45-11:00 a.m.



Creative Collaborative Efforts

Both the public and private sectors have a vital interest in the downtown district and must work together to achieve common revitalization goals. This session salutes the partnerships that help Main Street organizations and municipalities achieve these common goals. Hear case studies about packaging incentives to save a historic building, creating shared parking, marketing during streetscape projects, and renovating an Amtrak station and U.S. Post Office in Missouri.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify opportunities for collaboration between Main Street and the city
  2. Use lessons learned to proactive discussions in their own community about redevelopment issues.
  3. Create an incentive package for preservation.
  4. Develop a strategic approach to public relations and arts initiatives.

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Jeanine A. Rann, CMSM, Missouri Main Street Connection
As Community Development Coordinator for Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC), Jeanine is responsible for assisting the Director of MMSC with management, administration and implementation of the Main Street Four Point Approach®. Jeanine has been working to revitalize downtown communities for nearly two decades. Prior to working as the Community Development Coordinator for MMSC she was the Executive Director for Downtown Lee's Summit, MO, Downtown Warrensburg, MO, and the DDA for Grand Haven. Her experience encompasses commercial district revitalization, grant writing, funding strategies, project management and community coalition building. During her tenure Lee's Summit was awarded many state awards as well as the "Great American Main Street" Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Jeanine holds a bachelor's degree in Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa and a certification as Main Street Manager from the National Main Street Center in Washington DC.

John Simmons, City of Sedalia
As Community Development Director for the City of Sedalia, MO John's responsibilities are to coordinate development efforts throughout the community ranging from residential to large commercial and industrial projects. As past Director of the Urban Districts Alliance in Springfield, MO John managed a non-profit umbrella organization providing service through a community improvement district (CID) and community development corporation (CDC) serving three districts and six revitalization organizations. John developed and implemented work plans, provided staff management, event management, budget preparation and oversight for Urban District Alliance and its affiliates. For the City of Glenwood Springs, CO John implemented and managed Downtown Development Authority programs and encouraged grass roots community participation to further assure program success. Early in his career, John served as a Certified Main Street Manager for Main Street Sedalia, MO for seven years and is currently involved again on the Main Street Sedalia board of directors.

Sandy Lucy, Washington, Missouri
Sandy Lucy, owner of Gary Lucy Gallery in downtown Washington, MO. Sandy has seen the business side of life from many different angles. From serving on boards, working as mayor, and running her own store. For the past 29 years, Sandy has enjoyed running the Gary Lucy Gallery alongside her husband, Gary, in historic downtown Washington, MO. Sandy also serves on several boards, such as Downtown Washington, Inc (a 2012 GAMSA Award Winner), the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Bank of Washington Community Advisory. In 2012, Sandy was elected as mayor of Washington and is now halfway through her first term.