About Us

About Us

What is Warrensburg Main Street?

  • Accredited by the National Main Street Program and Missouri Main Street Program
  • 1 of 32 DREAM* communities recognized by the state of Missouri
  • 1 of 6 State Accredited Main Street Programs in Missouri
  • Developer of the Warrensburg Business Incubator Program
  • To-date $2.4 million has been reinvested in the downtown area through the efforts of WMS and the help of grants, government appropriations and downtown business owner fund matching
  • Host oodles of exciting events, year-round to keep the community entertained and engaged

Main Street is the front door to a community, and this front door welcomes people into Warrensburg where learning and education identifies our past, present, and future. "
–Dr. Charles Ambrose, President of the University of Central Missouri

Why “Main Street” is Important…

At Warrensburg Main Street we understand the importance of tradition and the need for progress. People may wonder why we are so passionate about our mission, it boils down to this: a healthy downtown reflects a healthy economy and community.

Across America, communities are struggling. Like the crumbling city streets of Detroit, small towns too have been hit by the shift away from US production. Small town industry has all but disappeared and along with them, jobs. When jobs disappear, citizens disappear; as does commerce. Big box stores have played their part in this shift. The quest for “low, low prices” has lead to overseas importation often having been constructed with low cost labor and unsavory sourcing.

This shift has left many community healthy ‘mom and pop’ stores and restaurants between a rock and a hard place. They cannot offer the low prices of the big box and most unique ‘USA-Made’ products are a higher priced.  However, we can help them out. By supporting and purchasing from local businesses you keep diversity and local employment in your area. You will not only get the feel-good buzz from backing your community’s future, but also the esteem of knowing that you bought something from another person who has put themselves and their livelihood on the line for their business. Starting and running a business takes guts and thought. Unlike the big-box store small businesses are active in their decisions of what they sell and why. They know where they came from and why they bought them, they believe in what they do. That confidence can be yours too. They also believe that the customer is a person and will treat you that way. Give downtown a try today…and bring your friends.

Our Team

Julie Turnipseed - Executive Director
Julie has work in Main Street for over 25 years; She served as the Director of Henderson, Kentucky Main Street program for 21 years.  Julie has worked extensively in the state of Kentucky serving many communities training boards, serving on resource teams as well as training new managers.  She is a certified Main Street Manager through the National Main Street Center as well as a certified Kentucky Main Street Program . Julie came to Warrensburg in 2011.

Jill Purvis - Event Coordinator
Originally from Branson she came to Warrensburg; with her family and husband, who was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, after living in Ireland, Texas and Oklahoma.  This is the third time Jill and her family have been stationed at Whiteman and they consider Warrensburg "home."

As a volunteer-driven program we would love your support. We need people like you to make it all work and accomplish goals! If you are interested in more information or would like to volunteer feel free to give us a call or drop by!

Board of Directors

Rhonda Gelbach- President
Jason Elkins- Vice President
Roy Millen- Secretary
Gina Carlyle- Treasurer
Rex Smarr
Debbie Riddle
Michelle Hoskins
Chad Edwards
Kevin Smarr
Rita Schildknecht
Harold Stewart: City Manager- Ex-Offio
Rich Lockhart: Police Cheif- Ex- Officio

*Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri