Virginia Governor’s Summit on Equitable Collaboration: Next Steps and Final Report

In February, the UVA Institute for Engagement & Negotiation, in partnership with Governor Ralph Northam and his administration, hosted a Summit on Equitable Collaboration. Over the course of two days, experienced professionals and leaders from across the Virginia met to discuss and share their experiences increasing collaboration within a variety of fields. This Summit was an … More Virginia Governor’s Summit on Equitable Collaboration: Next Steps and Final Report

Main Street Façade Transformed in Downtown Staunton

Our guest blogger, Frazier Associates,  has been a leader in helping communities and individuals enhance their downtowns, neighborhoods, homes and buildings since 1986. As a full-service architecture and planning firm, they specialize in downtown revitalization, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, urban infill, community planning, wayfinding, corridor planning and residential design. As lovers of historic downtowns, we … More Main Street Façade Transformed in Downtown Staunton

Historic Real Estate Financing on Main Street

Recently, Main Street America (MSA) had an opportunity to speak with Corey Leon, Field Director of the Central Team at the National Development Council, trainer for the Historic Real Estate Finance Certification series and an expert on real estate financing to discuss how the pandemic has influenced real estate development deals and how Main Street … More Historic Real Estate Financing on Main Street

Danville’s White Mill Building to be Redeveloped

A few weeks ago, the Mayor of Danville, Alonzo Jones (pictured left), announced that Danville’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and The Alexander Company would join forces to redevelop Danville’s historic White Mill building. The long-awaited project will transform the iconic property into a multi-use residential and commercial space that will activate and bring new life … More Danville’s White Mill Building to be Redeveloped

Main Street America Introduces New Tool to Help More Small Businesses Get Online

With support from GoDaddy, Main Street America (MSA) has launched a brand new tool to help more small businesses get online, given that the marketplace for e-commerce solutions can prove rather crowded and difficult to navigate. The free Main Street Online tool was designed for small businesses that employee 20 or less people in the … More Main Street America Introduces New Tool to Help More Small Businesses Get Online

FY22 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Fund: How-to-Apply Webinar

During the month of June, Virginia DHCD will host a how-to-apply webinar for the new FY2022 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Fund, which seeks to advance and accelerate the post-pandemic recovery of Virginia’s business and commercial districts. Specifically, these funds will support historically economically disadvantaged communities and other business districts that have been disproportionately … More FY22 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Fund: How-to-Apply Webinar

Virginia SBDC Retail Recovery & Renewal Webinar Series

As most COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, small businesses and communities across the nation are reopening, buzzing with renewed traffic and shoppers. To ensure merchants are prepared, Marc Wilson of Virginia SBDC will host two webinars during the month of June focused on reopening and renewal. Learn more below! A Grand Reopening Celebration: A Retailer’s Guide … More Virginia SBDC Retail Recovery & Renewal Webinar Series

National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant Funds Seek to Encourage Preservation at the Local Level: Apply Today!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has made funds available to encourage preservation at the local level by supporting preservation work and providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants will help: Stimulate public discussion Enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for preservation projects Introduce the public to preservation concepts and … More National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant Funds Seek to Encourage Preservation at the Local Level: Apply Today!

CCV Series: May 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Educational Webinar In May, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) welcomed Kevin Wright (left) and Joe Nickol (right) of YARD and Company to discuss how to create demand by uncovering community assets, spark momentum and craft master plans that build on what you have in your own backyard, while embracing hyper-local get-it-done … More CCV Series: May 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Virginia Enacts Outdoor Refreshment Area Legislation

On July 1, 2021, Virginia ABC will replace the application for Local Special Events (LSE) licenses with Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (ORA) licenses. As with the LSE license, an ORA license may be issued only to a locality, business improvement district or nonprofit organization and authorizes the consumption of alcoholic beverages within public spaces of the … More Virginia Enacts Outdoor Refreshment Area Legislation