Several months ago, Main Street America partnered alongside The Hartford to support small businesses through the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program as they work to reopen safely. The program sought to assist brick-and-mortar businesses in commercial districts across the nation, funding solutions that help merchants respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Excitingly, grant recipients … More Nine Virginia Businesses Named Hartbeat of Main Street Grant Recipients!
Amidst an unprecedented public health emergency, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds continue to serve as a valuable resource, assisting eligible localities in responding to the challenging health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting urgent need recovery activities. In September, Governor Ralph Northam announced more than $8.4 million through the CDBG program … More CDBG Funds Support COVID-19 Recovery and Relief Efforts in Rural Communities across Virginia
Usually around this time each year we travel the state for our Community Revitalization Roadshow, a chance to present and discuss our various programs directly with you. Alas 2020 is no typical year, and though we can’t pack up the car and head your way, we decided to go ahead and plan a road trip, … More Take a Road Trip with the Community Revitalization Office!
On September 21, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it is seeking public input as it considers how to update the regulations that implement the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) by strengthening, clarifying, and tailoring them to reflect the current banking landscape and better meet the core purpose of the CRA. The Board is specifically … More Providing Input for CRA Updates
Excitingly, Main Street America (MSA) announced that a second round of the Hartbeat on Main Street Grant Program will open on Thursday, October 22, 2020. In partnership with The Hartford, the program will continue to fund solutions that help merchants respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as helping to revitalize and strengthen … More Hartbeat of Main Street Grant Program: Second Round
Recently, Main Street America (MSA) announced that the annual Main Street Now Conference will be held virtually! Recognizing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, MSA has prioritized the safety and well-being of the Main Street network, and they are strongly committed to delivering an online event that mirrors the high-energy of previous national, in-person … More 2021 Main Street Now Conference Goes Virtual!
Every month, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Community Revitalization Office (CRO) publishes an e-newsletter via Constant Contact that features the latest on community and economic development-related happenings in communities across Virginia, as well as event updates, training announcements, grant opportunities and more. The newsletter allows CRO to maintain direct communication with … More Community Revitalization Newsletter
While earthquakes and tornadoes are rare in most of the commonwealth, hurricane season is a regular fixture on our calendars in Virginia. The season typically runs from June to November with heightened activity August to October. This is the second of a blog series centered on Danville, Virginia’s experience recovering from Hurricane Michael in 2018 … More Be Positive: Dealing Disaster Part 2 of 2
It goes without saying that it’s been an unprecedented year for all of us, but the adaptability, strength and resilience of our network here in Virginia never ceases to impress us. When everything changed, seemingly overnight, back in March our Main Street communities suddenly faced a long list of new challenges, and at the forefront … More 2020 Virginia Main Street Small Business Relief Grants Making an Impact Across the State
Spanning seven years and seven blocks, St. Paul finally completed its comprehensive downtown infrastructure project in 2019. Lead by the town, with input from St. Paul Tomorrow’s Design Committee in the early stages, this $16 million project reconstructed the stormwater system, sidewalks, curbing, roadways, crosswalks, water lines and sanitary sewer lines. The need for upgrading … More 2020 Best Public Improvement Project: St. Paul