Partner Spotlight – Virginia Commission for the Arts

Does your community love its performing arts? Is your organization planning to start a mural program? Do you want your downtown to be known for its public art? Then, you should get to know the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through … More Partner Spotlight – Virginia Commission for the Arts

Enterprise Zones and Commercial District Revitalization

There are currently 45 designated enterprise zones across Virginia and included in those are 12 designated Virginia Main Street communities, as well as numerous affiliate communities. Over the past several years, we have seen the overlap of these two revitalization tools to transform many of our downtowns and commercial districts throughout the commonwealth. The Enterprise … More Enterprise Zones and Commercial District Revitalization

Strong Nonprofit. Strong Main Street.

This blog is guest written by Kadi Davis with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. From governance, leadership, management and finance to robust programs, data-driven evaluation and collaboration, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) invests in nonprofits and the people who power them – board, staff and volunteers. To do that, CNE provides tools, training, consulting, … More Strong Nonprofit. Strong Main Street.

Virginia Main Street 2020 Designations

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will be accepting applications for new Designated Main Street Communities meeting the eligibility criteria in 2020. In addition to becoming part of the Main Street America national, grassroots-led network, a Designated Virginia Main Street community receives an array of intensive assistance designed to advance its local revitalization … More Virginia Main Street 2020 Designations

Brown Bag Governance – Utilize the October Webinar (and others) for Annual Board Training opportunities

No one was born knowing how to be a board member; usually we agree to join the board because we care about the mission.  But there are a lot of things to learn when you sign on as part of a non-profit board (here’s a hint: it’s more than coming to a meeting a few … More Brown Bag Governance – Utilize the October Webinar (and others) for Annual Board Training opportunities

Is Your Main Street Website Open for Business?

Economic Vitality often proves to be the most challenging of the Four Points for communities to implement, but its importance can not be overlooked. After all, job and business creation, retention and expansion is the hallmark of the health of your entrepreneurial ecosystem. So, how is your organization doing at promoting the business opportunities in … More Is Your Main Street Website Open for Business?

Unpleasant Design -Considerations for Inclusive Public Spaces

As one of the Four Points of the Main Street Approach™, we talk a lot about how design in your community can improve and create attractive, usable public spaces. But, have you ever considered how certain public features may actually deter people from frequenting your downtown or shared spaces? It even has a name, Unpleasant … More Unpleasant Design -Considerations for Inclusive Public Spaces