Brookfield, in north-central Missouri, recently celebrated its sesquicentennial and was named as one of five 2009 DREAM communities. Brookfield is situated at the intersection of US Highway 36 and State Route 11, just east of Pershing State Park. Brookfield is known as the home of the Great Pershing Balloon Derby.

Historic commercial buildings line Brookfield’s Main Street, which is the main corridor feeding the downtown area. Through the DREAM initiative, Brookfield hopes to build on several recent building rehab projects. Planning for public improvements will also be an important component of Brookfield, as will be capitalizing on Brookfield’s attractive parks adjacent to downtown.