About Us

 

About Us

Warrensburg Main Street Inc. is a volunteer-driven non profit 501c3 program. Here is a little info about us!

  • 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 7 State Accredited Main Street Programs in Missouri

  • 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

    *Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri

“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 stores, small businesses are active in their decisions of what they sell and why. They also understand that customers are also their neighbors. If you would like to be part of a thriving & growing community visit downtown Warrensburg and get to know your new friends.