Historic Manassas, Inc. Named Main Street Resiliency Grant Recipient

Recently, Main Street America (MSA) announced the recipients of the Main Street Resiliency Grant Program, awarding nine Accredited MSA programs and one Coordinating Program with $8,500 to fund placemaking and design solutions to small business training and community engagements events that better position each respective community to creatively navigate the impacts of the novel coronavirus … More Historic Manassas, Inc. Named Main Street Resiliency Grant Recipient

GO Virginia Grant Boosts Southside Entrepreneurship

Recently, the GO Virginia state board announced that the SOVA Innovation Hub and Longwood University Office of Community and Economic Development (LOCED) will receive a grant award, totaling $449,000, to develop a two-year training initiative to help build capacity and connections within Region 3, focusing on entrepreneurial development, youth entrepreneurship and increasing access to capital. … More GO Virginia Grant Boosts Southside Entrepreneurship

Farmville Launches New Civil Rights Walking Tour

Supported by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VHF), the new Farmville Civil Rights Walking Tour represents a collaboration between the Robert Russa Moton Museum, Farmville Downtown Partnership (FDP) and Longwood University to guide residents and visitors along a two-mile route that highlights significant sites and cultural attractions, pertaining to the locality’s … More Farmville Launches New Civil Rights Walking Tour

Harrisonburg Downtown 2040: Engaging Master Planning through Community Input

Partnering together, the City of Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) have launched Harrisonburg Downtown 2040, a community-driven plan for Downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. Throughout 2021, the planning process will unfold, and it will be completed during the fall. As the project gains momentum, members of the community have been invited to envision the next 20 … More Harrisonburg Downtown 2040: Engaging Master Planning through Community Input

FY2022 Community Business Launch Grant Application Deadline Extended

The Community Business Launch (CBL) is a place-based entrepreneurial development strategy that fills a critical mass of vacant storefronts with expansion or start-up ventures. Local CBL programs train entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners about business planning practices, culminating in a group of finalists pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, with winners receiving … More FY2022 Community Business Launch Grant Application Deadline Extended

Food Retailer Assistance: The Virginia Food Access Investment Fund Grant

The Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFAIF) inaugural grant application process is open! Managed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the VFAIF focuses on equity and justice in local food systems by investing in new or expanding food retailers that address food access issues in the Commonwealth. VFAIF offers grants and … More Food Retailer Assistance: The Virginia Food Access Investment Fund Grant

10 Things to Consider When Redeveloping a Vacant Building in Your Community

Recently, Michigan-based developer, Jenifer Acosta, published an article, “Choosing to Redevelop a Vacant Building,” via Proud Places where she unveils the challenges associated with adaptive reuse and emotionally describes the pure joy felt after transforming a vacant property, bringing new life to an abandoned space in one’s community. Apart from sharing redevelopment truths and recounting … More 10 Things to Consider When Redeveloping a Vacant Building in Your Community

Danville’s River District Association Reflects on Dream Launch Success and Prepares for Another Impactful Year

With support from Virginia DHCD’s Community Business Launch (CBL) program, Danville’s River District Association (RDA) held its first Dream Launch Boot Camp and Pitch Competition during spring 2019! More than 75 individuals participated in some or all of the boot camp classes, and nine completed all the requirements to take part in the pitch competition. … More Danville’s River District Association Reflects on Dream Launch Success and Prepares for Another Impactful Year

CCV Series: March 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Educational Webinar: During the month of March, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) welcomed Phil Eich (pictured left), founder of Storyville Social, to demonstrate how storytelling strengthens relationships between people, connects us to our past and future and cultivates pride in one’s place. Eich discussed how to combine the art of storytelling … More CCV Series: March 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Reimagining Everyday Transit as a Canvas for Public Art

Annually, the Tom Tom Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings people together to celebrate the creativity and entrepreneurship of Charlottesville, Virginia, encourages talented artists and designers to submit their designs to transform a 35′ clean diesel public transit CAT bus and JAUNT bus into moving murals. The City Art Bus Competition draws whimsical and … More Reimagining Everyday Transit as a Canvas for Public Art