2018 Great American Main Street Semi-Finalist Spotlight: Chillicothe, Missouri

March 12, 2018 | National Main Street Center | 2018 Great American Main Street (GAMSA) Semi-Finalist Spotlight |
At the end of the month, we will be announcing the three winners of the 2018 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) at the Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Semi-finalists, selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, the semi-finalists exemplify the power of the Main Street Approach® to transform traditional downtowns and neighborhood business districts.

Thank you to U.S. Bank for their generous sponsorship of the 2018 Great American Main Street Awards.

In anticipation of our GAMSA reveal, we will be highlighting each semi-finalist on the blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day until the #NOW18 conference.

Main Street Chillicothe • Chillicothe, Missouri

Year Founded: 2001 | Population: 9,504 | Square Blocks in Commercial District: 16
Chillicothe: “Our Big Home”


A couple posing for an engagement photo on the parklet placed in front of Tia’s Casita in downtown Chillicothe. Photo Credit: Main Street Chillicothe

“Downtown Chillicothe has experienced rapid growth and investment in recent years, most easily seen in our vacancy rate dropping from 28% to 4% in the past 15 years. It is because of passionate and progressive community partners that our downtown is a thriving focal point in our community.” ~Ben White, Director of Main Street Chillicothe

Located 90 miles northeast of Kansas City, Mo., Downtown Chillicothe serves as the historic, civic, and cultural center of the community. Chillicothe is an ideal hub for shopping, dining, sports and recreation as well as business and industry.

As you stroll through town, public art and placemaking projects help bring the district to life–23 larger than life murals, a mobile parklet, and greenspaces with seating, flowers, and art line the street. Enjoy the newly constructed Silver Moon Plaza, a beautiful pocket park with fountains and benches. A mobile parklet has been placed around town to allow visitors to take a break or have lunch. Another new addition to the community is the 5,000-square-foot Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery, a co-op artist working space with revolving monthly art installations and weekly classes.

If you’re headed to the 2018 Main Street Now Conference, see firsthand how the arts have transformed the community and take a historic walking tour of downtown Chillicothe on Tuesday, March 27.

FUN FACT: In 1928, Chillicothe became the birthplace of one of the greatest innovations of modern times: commercially sliced bread, helping to launch the phrase, “That’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”

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Check back tomorrow for our next GAMSA semi-finalist spotlight.

Recent 2018 GAMSA Semi-Finalist Spotlights:
Rock Springs Main Street
Berlin Main Street