TOPEKA, KANSAS – McPherson Main Street has been awarded a Union Pacific Kansas Main Street Recovery grant by the National Main Street Center and the Kansas Main Street Program. McPherson Main Street is one of eight Kansas Main Street communities to receive the grant, which provides funds to downtowns impacted by COVID-19 to implement ideas for marketing or promotion to help reopen the commercial district safely. This program is made possible by Union Pacific.
“We are proud to partner with Union Pacific and the Kansas Main Street Program to support these outstanding Main Street organizations during this difficult time,” said NMSC’s President and CEO Patrice Frey. “Implementing the programs proposed by these grant recipients will be vital to helping small businesses and local economies weather the storm of COVID-19.”
Independence Main Street, McPherson Main Street Inc., Russell Main Street, Inc., and Seneca Downtown Impact Inc. 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. El Dorado Main Street, Inc., Leavenworth Main Street Program, Inc., Downtown Overland Park Partnership, and Downtown Parsons will receive $3,000 to support their commercial district marketing efforts.
“Receiving this grant is a tremendous gift to our community as well as a welcome reminder that companies like Union Pacific are out there “Building America” city by city,” said Ann Engel, Executive Director of McPherson Main Street. “We appreciate this great opportunity to help our local businesses begin the recovery process.”
“We are thrilled to provide support to these Main Streets to help ensure Kansas downtowns and commercial districts remain vibrant in the months and years to come,” said Ben Jones, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Union Pacific. “Our employees live and work in these communities, and we believe these projects will have a positive impact, igniting the economy as we recover from the pandemic.”
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.
“On behalf of the City of McPherson we want to thank the Union Pacific Railroad and appreciate their efforts in trying to help give downtowns throughout the state a jumpstart following the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Assistant City Administrator Bo Moddelmog, “This grant will go towards promoting our annual Shop the Night Away event and will give the local businesses in town the boost they need to get back on their feet.”
“Union Pacific has a long-standing history in many downtowns across Kansas,” said Scott Sewell, Director of the Kansas Main Street program. “We appreciate the efforts of U.P, and the National Main Street Center to help make these grants available as downtowns begin to reopen and recover from the pandemic.”