Originally founded as a railroad town in 1860, Sedalia is located in Pettis County, Mo., about 100 miles east of Kansas City. Home to the Missouri State Fair, two trailheads along the Katy Trail and the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, the city is not only a tourist destination, but also the county seat and home for more than 20,000 Missouri residents. Downtown Sedalia is centered around Ohio Avenue, a thriving corridor of commerce anchored by the Pettis County Courthouse and filled with an abundance of architecturally detailed, multi-story commercial buildings.

The City and Sedalia Downtown Development Inc. were pleased with the city’s selection as part of the DREAM Initiative in 2006. Recent DREAM accomplishments for the city include:

  • Establishing the Mid-Town Tax Increment Financing District to facilitate downtown revitalization projects
  • Rehabilitating the Furnell Landmarks Buildings into a mixed-use commercial and residential facility using Missouri Housing Development Commission (MDHC) funding
  • Obtaining Home Repair Opportunity (HeRO) program funding for qualifying residential properties from MDHC
  • Completing the first phase of a streetscape project along Ohio Avenue and seeking additional funding to continue the streetscape to Broadway Boulevard
  • Planning the 2010 rehabilitation and conversion of the Commerce Building in Downtown Sedalia into residential units with funding from MDHC

For more information about the Missouri DREAM Initiative activities in Sedalia, please contact John Simmons at (660)827-3000.