Main Street Chillicothe, a three time semi-finalist of the Great America Main Street Award, is a thriving rural community in northwest Missouri. While many surrounding communities have seen a population decline and disinvestment, communities members and organizations have banded together to continue to make sure that downtown Chillicothe is a great place to work, play, visit, and live. If Main Street Chillicothe wins, the money will go directly back into downtown in the form of creative placemaking and streetscape improvements. Our organization is in the middle of creating an Arts District that highlights the incredible arts scene in our community. This will include creative banners, painted crosswalks, colorful hanging flower pots, lights strung across buildings, and more. Downtown Chillicothe is at the heart of the community and by creating a sense of place through creative and colorful design, it shows residents and visitors alike the importance of a maintained and beautiful downtown.