(Joplin, MO) – Downtown Joplin Alliance (DJA) has been designated as an affiliate Main Street™ program. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of nationally recognized affiliate programs in recognition of their commitment to creating meaningful improvements in their downtowns and commercial districts using the Main Street Approach™, a framework for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization
“We are thrilled to acknowledge this year’s 337 Main Street affiliate programs and their commitment to revitalizing their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During a difficult year, these Main Street programs have proven their unique ability to generate impressive economic outcomes, preserve the character of their downtowns, and lift up their communities.”
In 2020, Main Street America programs generated $4.14 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 4,356 net new businesses, generated 14,988 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,488 historic buildings, and clocked 983,702 volunteer hours.
The Downtown Joplin Alliance’s performance is annually evaluated by Missouri Main Street Connection, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that are committed to comprehensive revitalization and achieving meaningful community outcomes.
Downtown Joplin Alliance is proud to be part of the synergy and excitement for Downtown Joplin. With more than 54 new businesses in the past four years and over $54 million in investment, it is evident that the Main Street approach works and that downtown again is the heart of Joplin.
Executive Director, Lori Haun states, “It’s rewarding to receive the affiliate designation with Main Street America. Our organization has been around for over 30 years, but the progress since aligning with the Main Street tenets has been remarkable. We look forward to continued growth both within our organization and throughout the downtown community.”
About Downtown Joplin Alliance:
The Downtown Joplin Alliance is 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown community as a thriving, safe and attractive center of art, history, enterprise, commerce, culture, residence, and entertainment. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the Downtown Joplin Alliance at downtownjoplin.com.
About Main Street America:
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for 40 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $89.57 billion in new public and private investments, generated 687,321 net new jobs and 154,435 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 303,836 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Lori Haun, Executive Director
Downtown Joplin Alliance