The National Main Street Center has announced eight recipients of the Union Pacific Kansas Main Street Recovery Fund, a grant program supporting the economic recovery of Kansas downtowns and commercial districts impacted by COVID-19. Grant funds will go toward implementing ideas for marketing or promotion to help commercial districts reopen safely. McPherson Main Street Inc., along with Independence, Russell, and Seneca will receive $3,000 each to support downtown marketing and promotional initiatives, as well as technical support from the National Main Street Center’s Field Services team and complimentary Main Street America membership. McPherson Main Street Inc. will host a downtown shopping event.
El Dorado Main Street, Inc., along with Leavenworth, Overland Park, and Parsons will receive $3,000 to support their commercial district marketing efforts. El Dorado Main Street, Inc. will use grant funds to create a video series highlighting local businesses. Grant project ideas were judged based on how they would contribute to commercial district recovery efforts, as well as their community impact after the initial project implementation. Recipients are all designated Main Street America communities and recognized Union Pacific communities.