Seeking to spur economic activity and support the tourism and hospitality industries, the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) announced that applications are now open for the VTC Recovery Marketing Leverage Program! Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, and award announcements will be made by July 30, 2021. The summer 2021 program … More Virginia Tourism Corporation Recovery Marketing Leverage Program Application Now Open!
Imagine if your community designed downtown to be a playful place for families, an inviting, interactive place that makes learning about local history fun and encourages lingering for increased spending at restaurants and shops. What would that look like? On Thursday, May 6, the Center for Universal Education and the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking … More Great Reasons to Transform Downtown Spaces into Fun Places
This blog was reposted with permission from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. A year into the pandemic and we are feeling restless, tired, and maybe a little ragged. BUT there is also a sense of growing hope. The vaccination rollout seems to be gaining momentum in the country and recently President Biden signed the American … More ARPA: What does it do for the nonprofit sector?
In spring 2021, The Walker Program released its Small Town Economic Revitalization and Racial Justice Guide, which provides a step-by-step framework to address racial inequity through the economic sector in the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Rockbridge County and similarly sized communities. Created by a Washington and Lee University student, Courtney Berry, in partnership … More The Walker Program Releases Small Town Economic Revitalization and Racial Justice Guide
Excitingly, the Town of Culpeper’s Tourism & Economic Development Department announced that four Culpeper Competes entrepreneur’s had been awarded $45,000 in grants and prizes! The nine-week entrepreneurship education competition program was designed for entrepreneurs planning to open a new brick and mortar business in downtown Culpeper, for existing downtown businesses that had innovative ideas on how to expand and grow … More Culpeper Competes Announces Awards to Four Businesses for Startup and Expansion
With generous support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Main Street America has launched an Entrepreneurial Ecosystems resource center that’s designed to help revitalization professionals lead and develop initiatives that support innovative entrepreneurship. The online center contains a variety of tools, resource examples, blogs and research from Main Street America and the vast Main Street … More Main Street America Launches New Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Resource Center
Recently, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched a new funding opportunity, the Program for Investment in Microenterprises (PRIME), and they will be seeking applications for no more than one of the following funding tracks: Track I (Technical Assistance): The SBA will seek applications for funding to provide training and technical assistance programs to disadvantaged … More SBA Launches Grant Opportunity for Microenterprises
In 2020, Virginia’s historic commercial districts and downtowns worked tirelessly to build vibrancy and economic opportunity as they experienced unprecedented challenges, pivoting quickly at the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic to help small businesses and other key stakeholders secure the resources necessary to survive. Apart from their inspiring local efforts, the Virginia Department of … More DHCD Releases 2020 Virginia Main Street Annual Report
Educational Webinar During the month of April, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) welcomed John Sarvay (pictured left), founder of Floricane, to discuss the difference between connectivity and being connected, as well as how to explore ways in which community organizations can best leverage relationships and technology to grow and strengthen community … More CCV Series: April 2021 Recap & Additional Resources
The Virginia Individual Development Accounts (VIDA) program serves as a financial education and matched savings program to assist low-wage earners, helping participants save money, increase their financial knowledge and build their wealth with the purchase of an asset. Participants access the VIDA program services by working with intermediaries that function as “coaches,” helping them become … More DHCD Releases 2020 Virginia Individual Development Accounts Annual Report