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About Junction City Main Street

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About Junction City Main Street

Junction City Main Street, guided by an active and engaged volunteer board of directors, seeks to make the designated downtown area an economic engine for the region and a location where friends and families can gather for shopping and socializing.

The 501c3 organization began operating in the spring of 2021 when the city was selected after a competitive application process as a designated Main Street.

Junction City is a town of 22,300 people linked geographically and patriotically with 15,000 US soldiers, and their families, stationed at the Ft. Riley Army base. The city celebrates the fact that it has one of the most diverse population bases in Kansas (5th most diverse county) and among Kansas counties has the second largest share of population that is African American. Another important demographic is Geary County is home to a young population (3rd largest share of county population below 17 years of age).

While the focus is on revitalizing and renewing business activity downtown, Main Street collaborates and partners with all entities focused on a successful region. A common refrain is “when good things happen in Geary County, Main Street will benefit.”

You are invited to explore this website, learn about the National Main Street 4-point approach that serves as a starting point for the strategies Junction City board will implement to create a vibrant economy.

Washington Street, 1920

Vision

Junction City Main Street – gateway to a thriving downtown and community.

Mission

Junction City Main Street, recognizing downtown is the heart of the community, strives to preserve and share the city’s history through a dedicated network of community volunteers driven to ensure the downtown provides a positive experience defined by a modern and robust economy and activities that engage and delight.

Four Points

The Main Street Approach® is centered around Transformation Strategies. A Transformation Strategy articulates a focused, deliberate path to revitalizing or strengthening a downtown or commercial district’s economy. Transformation Strategies should be organized around the Four Points:


Economic Vitality

Focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies.
Learn more about Economic Vitality.

Design

Supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart. This includes building façades, streetscape, public spaces and appropriate building renovations.
Learn more about Design.

Promotion

Positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique  characteristics.
Learn more about Promotion.

Organization

Involves creating a strong foundation for sustainable revitalization efforts, including cultivating partnerships, community development, and resources for the district.
Learn more about Organization.

Four Points Graphic

Photo courtesy of Main Street America.

Meet the Board 2024

Sheila Markley - Director, C.L. Hoover Opera House
President
Terry Butler - Physical Therapist
Vice President
Paige Mendoza - Marketing, Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Secretary
Maureen Gustafson (left)- President, Intrust Bank
Treasurer
Ashley King - Owner of Splash-N-Dash & KingPow Rentals
Board Member
Matt Hoover - Business Owner, Highwind Brewery
Board Member
Karren Kilpatrick - Webpage Designer
Board Member
Tyson Reimer - Ag Loan Officer, Central National Bank
Board Member
Patti Noriega
Board Member - Owner, Noteworthy Assistance
Creytin Sanner - Senior Student Junction City High School
Ex-Officio Board Member

Past President

Maureen Gustafson (left) – President, Intrust Bank

Maureen has been on the Main Street Board of Directors since its inception in March 2021.  She has served as President and is now moving into not only the Past President position but will also serve as Treasurer.


Meet the Staff

Michaela Self, Executive Director

A native of Hutchison, Kansas, Michaela graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s of Marketing and Public Relations before choosing to return and make her home in Kansas.  While in school, she spent 30 months in a paid internship with the San Marcos Main Street Program.  That experience allowed her to be both familiar with how the program operates and convinced of the important role Main Street plays in revitalizing downtown.

Michaela comes to Main Street after serving in Customer Relations and Project Management with US Stone Industries in Manhattan.

Michaela started as the Executive Director on April 25, 2022 and you can find her in the Junction City Main Street office at 129 W 7th Street or out and about in Downtown JC.

Position Open, Event Coordinator

 Chris Hileman, Intern

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