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Community and Economic Development

Our mission concerning Community and Economic Development is to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Kirksville. This department works to facilitate programs that help those in need with home improvements, home demolition, and fair housing, along with bringing new businesses to Kirksville and helping ones already here.

The City of Kirksville is dedicated to always improving the community we call home. This is achieved through actively searching for community improvement grants, new government programs, and providing community opportunities.

Housing Study

See the comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment Study that was commissioned in 2022.

Contact information


201 South Franklin Street
Kirksville, MO 63501

Phone: 660.627.1272
Fax: 660.665.1026

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ashley Young, Community and Economic Development Director  

The Facade Assistance Program is offered by the City to help downtown businesses restore the facades of their historic buildings. For more info, view the application and requirements here

The Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program is designed for low- and moderate-income homeowners to address safety and public health code violations, as well as provide funds for necessary house repairs. 

The Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program pays for 100% of total exterior housing rehabilitation project costs, with 75% of total project costs reimbursed by the applicant and secured by a Deed of Trust and Promissory Note with a term of sixty months. 

For more information, see the application here.

The Demolition program is designed to eliminate residential or commercial structures that are in such disrepair that it constitutes a safety concern, and rehabilitation is not a viable option. This program offers most property owners who cannot afford to demolish the structure funds to eliminate that portion, or all of the structure, that is in violation.

View the guidelines and application here.  

The Revolving Loan Fund is administered by the City. The funds originated with the Missouri Department of Economic Development (MoDED), and because of this, when the City wishes to use these funds to loan for an economic development project the State must be notified and approve loaning the funds. Additionally, the Kirksville Industrial Development Authority (KIDA) must be notified and approve loaning the funds. Generally, if the parameters set by Council policy are met, the loan is ultimately forgiven. All loans are made at an interest rate 1/3 of prime. There are a limited amount of monies available at this time. 

If you are interested in applying for a Revolving Loan, please contact Ashley W. Young, Assistant City Manager.

The City Kirksville Demolition Grant Program is designed to eliminate residential structures that are in such a state of disrepair that constitute a safety concern, and rehabilitation is not a viable option. This program offers an incentive to property owners to demolish these structures, thereby making infill residential development more affordable.

See the application here