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Meet The New Director of Pacific Partnership

Meet Val Droege

Val is a wife, mother, and small business owner who calls Pacific home. In her professional life, she is the founder, owner, and operator of AquariusMediaPro, a successful screen-printing company. Additionally, Val has led other nonprofit organizations in the past. In her personal life, she is deeply involved in raising two vibrant teenage daughters which includes the school's band and drama programs.


Her strong sense of belonging compels her to be involved in her community through a five-year tenure of service with the elementary PTO, high school Band Boosters, and the Girl Scouts. Her tireless dedication is not just a testament to her role as a nurturer but also a testament to her leadership abilities. 


Now as the Executive Director of the Pacific Partnership, Val brings a unique blend of creativity, business acumen, community involvement, and an unyielding commitment to fostering positive change in the Pacific Partnership. Her professional expertise, combined with a rich tapestry of personal experiences, set her on a path toward success in supporting the Pacific community.

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Downtown Strong Grant September Update: Lessons Learned

Read the newest update on the Downtown Strong Grant that MMSC partnered with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to provide technical assistance to Missouri communities.

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Upcoming Events

Food for Thought: Main Street Edition


Wednesday, October 4, 2023

8:30 am - 9:30 am



Is your Main Street the place to eat and do people know that? Even if there is one, two, or ten restaurants in your Main Street district, listen to your market data and the restaurant trends to inform your Main Street on what your district needs and how to promote what you do have to capitalize on consumer preferences. Hear from Executive Director Amy Supple with Chillicothe CVB, Programming and Marketing Director Ivy Hagedorn with Downtown Joplin Alliance, and restaurant owner Daphne Bowman with Willow Springs Mercantile on their insights and practical approaches to maximize the culinary potential of your Main Street district.

Restaurant owners, community leaders, and food enthusiasts should come to this webinar to learn from people who are in the field implementing actionable steps to foster economic growth by increasing foot traffic, attract a diverse customer base by accommodating dietary restrictions, and create a vibrant culinary destination through incubating new restauranteurs in their communities.

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St. Louis Exclusive Workshop Series

St. Louisans are invited to Save the Date for the last session of Missouri Main Street Connection and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Grant Entrepreneurial Series. Free RSVP's will be opening soon.

  • October 18 – Local Partners and Resources Supporting St. Louis Entrepreneurs.

These workshops are funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The content of this publication is solely the responsibility of the Grantee. 

Echoes of the Past, Vision for the Future: The Vitality of Historic Preservation


Thursday, November 9, 2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Montgomery Bank Conference & Training Center*, 526 W. Main Street, Jackson, MO 63755

*Free parking on-site.

Downtown main streets often have historical significance as the heart of a community’s identity and culture. Preserving historic buildings and structures helps maintain a sense of continuity with the past, allowing residents and visitors to connect with the history and heritage of the area. Well-preserved historic downtowns can attract increased economic activity. Heritage tourism, which involves visitors coming to experience historical and cultural attractions, can bring in revenue to local businesses, hotels, and restaurants. The preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings can also spur economic development by providing spaces for new businesses, offices, and housing. This workshop will provide training on the following topics: preservation planning, preservation incentives and benefits, and identifying and designating historic resources. Participants will receive AIA and APA continuing education credits.

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Echoes of the Past, Vision for the Future: The Vitality of Historic Preservation

Main Street Opportunities

Main Street Professional Directory

Email Ben White at to use the free Professional Directory to connect with specialists & experts covering a host of disciplines in preservation-based economic development to mobilize your organization in implementing your downtown revitalization project.

Main Street Resource Library

Ensure you are a MMSC investor to gain access to our Main Street Resource Library that hosts documents covering all areas of the Main Street Approach™.

Email Staci Cox at for more information about becoming an investor.

Investor Portal Here

"Doctor Is In"

The MMSC Historic Preservation Committee is accepting applications for its free “Doctor is In” consultation service open to MMSC’s top three tier Main Street organizations.

Whether it is an existing project or a new emergency with a downtown property, no preservation project is too big or small for MMSC’s Board and Advisory members to provide guidance, answers, and connections to assist you in accomplishing your districts preservation goals.

Learn more, review eligibility, and fill out the submission form on our website to have a consultation with the Doctors regarding your preservation project.

Contact Ben White at if you have any questions.

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Main Street 101 Training

Main Street 101 is a free online training series that provides flexible training on the Main Street Approach™ for new board members, volunteers, staff, and city officials. This tool includes 40-45 minute long modules that can be used for volunteer development, committee training, and leadership development. The training series includes various resources and guides to help a Main Street program with further committee development. 
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Congratulations To Those Certified In September!

Downtown Maryville

Autumn Quimby

Main Street Chillicothe

Ericka Kroll

West Plains Downtown Revitalization

Jeff Tune

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Kemper Fund for Kansas and Missouri, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and USDA Rural Development.

Heritage Circle

Missouri Main Street Connection

is dedicated to creating and preserving

memories made by generations in our

historic downtowns.

You are invited to support Heritage Circle through a monetary donation. Your donation will have a lasting impact in the creation of memories in your community and many others. Your donation supports communities across Missouri and celebrates the importance of community culture, the value of local history, and embraces traditions that make each community irreplaceable.

Your donation can be made monthly or annually in whatever amount you choose. Please choose the frequency of your donation to Missouri Main Street Connection today by clicking on one of the buttons below.

As a gift of appreciation, you may receive an exclusively designed lapel pin, handmade ceramic mug, or other gifts that show our gratitude for your support in preserving your community.

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YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Missouri Main Street Connection is a statewide, 501c3, not-for-profit organization and is the leading statewide nonprofit organization devoted to preservation-based economic development. Through the Main Street America® movement and our partners, we empower community revitalization by celebrating, supporting, and sustaining Missouri historic commercial districts in both rural and urban settings.
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Thank You to Our Heritage Circle Donors!

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Thank You to our September Investors


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