About Downtown Marceline

Downtown Marceline is an organization that was formed under the auspices of the Missouri Main Street Connection and the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Downtown Marceline is non-government and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization made up of concerned citizens volunteering their time to the revitalization of historic downtown Marceline. 

The Downtown Marceline organization is following the Main Street Approach®, a comprehensive four point strategy that is a proven method for downtown revitalization. Currently there are over 1,200 designated Main Street® communities in America. Towns that use the Main Street® principles as the basis for activities will see positive results: new businesses, streetscape and infrastructure improvements, building restorations, festivals, and special events that celebrate local history and heritage, positive attitudes, and renewed confidence in downtown.

Established in 1980 as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center, Inc. works with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local communities to encourage preservation-based community revitalization, and has equipped more than 2,000 older commercial districts with the skills, and organizing framework they need for renewal during its 35-year history. Please click image for more information on Main Street America.

At Missouri Main Street Connection, our mission is to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri. Please click image for more information on Missouri Main Street Connection.

Community Master Plan

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This Master Plan was prepared by a team with a deep passion for and understanding of community revitalization. The Team has expertise in all aspects of the comprehensive Main Street Four-Point Approach® and how to apply it in communities, large and small. The Team came to Marceline on six different occasions, meeting with various community stakeholders to develop this Master Plan.