The 2016 Main Street Chillicothe Annual Luncheon was held Thursday in the Citizen’s Bank & Trust training room.

The 2016 Main Street Chillicothe Annual Luncheon was held Thursday in the Citizen’s Bank & Trust training room. “Our organization, community and volunteers have a lot to celebrate. We absolutely have one of the most beautiful and thriving communities in not only north Missouri, but the entire state,” Micah Landes, Main Street Chillicothe director, said. “We are getting a lot of recognition across state and even at the national level for our downtown efforts. One of our Main Street board goals is the Great American Main Street Award and I am confident we are on our way to becoming a GAMSA award winning community.” Landes explained that the Missouri Main Street Connection is applying to have the national conference in Missouri for 2018. “Wouldn’t it be amazing to accept the GAMSA award at the National Conference held in Missouri,” Landes asked. Landes then announced Main Street Chillcothe’s accomplishments. “Since Main Street Chillicothe began in 2001 our program has renovated over 30 facades. We also now have 20 murals, two ghost signs, and a new set of mini murals along Washington Street with a total of well over $200,000 in downtown investment,” she said. In 2015 alone, downtown had more than $30,000 in building investment, more than $55,000 in public improvements, added six new businesses, and 15 new jobs have been created. Now, in 2016, downtown is on track to having more than three-fourths of a million dollars in investment, according to Landes “Our future is bright and I can’t wait for the next chapter,” she said. “We are so thankful for each one of you here today and your passion for making our downtown the best it can be.” Main Street Chillicothe board president, Pam Jarding, then said a few words. She spoke about the importance of partners (the city, county, merchants, volunteers and community). There were four awards distributed at the luncheon. The Promotion Awards was presented by Teri Gardner and the Livingston County Library received the honor. “The Livingston County Library is the embodiment of what the promotion award is all about. They are always willing and able to creatively partner with Main Street on downtown events, such as Chalk Walk and Chocolate Crawl, Sliced Bread Saturday and Silver Moon Cinema. They are known throughout the community for holding both quality adult and children programming that help stimulate traffic in downtown,” Gardner said. The Organization Award was presented by Rosina Harter and the honor went to Steve Holt. “This volunteer serves an invaluable role to Main Street Chillicothe. Without hesitation, he volunteers his time to help with many downtown events. He constantly is coming up with ideas on how to better Main Street and many times takes the lead with those ideas. After switching over from the Economic Vitality committee to the Promotions committee, Steve Holt quickly went to work to organize the art walk, a complimentary event to the wine walk and Tunes Under the Moon. His help with grant writing for the organization provides a necessary service to the organization. Main Street would not be half the organization it is today without him,” Harter said. The Design Award was presented by Ed Robertson and the honor went to the Klinginsmith / Wells Fargo Building: Dr. Robert Klinginsmith and Don and Nan Chapman. “This next award goes to a pair of building owners who came together for one simple purpose: to fix up their buildings the right way. The Klinginsmith/Wells Fargo building serves as part of the gateway heading into downtown coming south on Washington, so its rehabilitation is vast for the overall image of downtown. This project was a bit of a unique situation with two building owners coming together to finish a project, but in the completion, I think we can all say that the end result is amazing,” Robertson said. The Economic Vitality Award was presented by Micah Landes and the honor went to Beemer’s Men’s Apparel. “This business is an anchor store in downtown Chillicothe, having served the community for many years. This business serves customers from all ages, with services such as providing letterman jackets to high school students to being fitted for a tuxedo for a school dance or wedding to a new suit for a career. Their window displays always show a great representation of their business, and you will always see a sidewalk sale of men’s clothing just outside the front door. Recently, Beemer’s Men’s Apparel has begun to utilize social media to help better promote their business and to reach their customer in a new and exciting way. When you walk in the door, you are instantly greeted with a warm smile that immediately makes you feel comfortable and welcomed,” Landes said. Landes also made the closing remarks. “We are proud of our beautiful and active downtown,” she said. “We continue to build momentum through community involvement; support from public and private sectors; an active board of directors; and wonderful citizens, that care about the future of downtown. The future of Main Street Chillicothe is very bright and I know that we are on our way to reaching new heights in the Main Street world. I am confident our community is committed to continued success and I am so honored to be a part of it.”