Lovingston is for Virginians

In 1969 the slogan “Virginia is for Lovers” became the state’s iconic tourism motto in one of the most successful ad campaigns in our nation’s history. That same year, Lovingston, Virginia, the seat of Nelson County, faced tragedy from floods caused by Hurricane Camille.  Within a few short hours, the community suffered $100 million of … More Lovingston is for Virginians

A Pocket Park in Pulaski

In 2020, the restrictions surrounding COVID-19 shifted community priorities and spurred innovation in creating space for communities to gather more safely. In 2020 the Town of Pulaski followed in this direction and was awarded a Community Development Block Grant to create a “pocket park” between 47 and 57 West Main Street. The park was built … More A Pocket Park in Pulaski

Announcing the Mixed Use on Main Street (MUMS) program!

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is announcing a new program and will host a how-to-apply webinar for the Mixed Use on Main Street (MUMS) grant/loan program on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 10 A.M. – 11 A.M. For those interested but unable to attend the live webinar, a recording of the how-to-apply presentation will be posted to … More Announcing the Mixed Use on Main Street (MUMS) program!

Enjoy the Little Things in Downtown Staunton!

The Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA) enjoys the “little things” in Downtown Staunton with a newly branded space, truck and cart. THE SPACE, a 432 square foot storefront operated by SDDA, opened on July 1, 2022 featuring an exhibit on The Statler Brothers, an American country music group from Staunton, Virginia. The exhibit ran until … More Enjoy the Little Things in Downtown Staunton!

Short-Term Rentals: A Guide to Ensure the Best Outcomes for Your Community

Are short term rentals (STR) a topic of conversation in your community? Maybe so, as nationally the STR market is expanding and is poised for further growth.  National League of Cities (NLC) reports as a result of this growth, local leaders have had to grapple with competing benefits and challenges – in particular, how to … More Short-Term Rentals: A Guide to Ensure the Best Outcomes for Your Community

It’s DHCD Roadshow Time Again!

The Economic Development and Community Vitality (EDCV) Division has lots of programs to help communities achieve their development goals! Not limited to – Virginia Main Street (VMS), Community Business Launch (CBL), GO Virginia, Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF), Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ), Virginia Small Business Resiliency Fund (VSBRF), Virginia Individual Development Accounts (VIDA), and Program Layering. … More It’s DHCD Roadshow Time Again!

Altavista Receives 2023 Financial Feasibility Grant Award to Determine Best Use for Historic Vista Theatre

The Town of Altavista received a 2023 Financial Feasibility Grant (FFG) award to determine the highest and best use of the community’s historic Vista Theatre. Nestled in the heart of downtown, the building was constructed in 1930 and served as a theatre / live performance center until the mid-1980s when it closed due to a … More Altavista Receives 2023 Financial Feasibility Grant Award to Determine Best Use for Historic Vista Theatre