Expanded Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) FY23 Funding Now Available

Is there a particular structure in your community that you drive by and instantly have nostalgia as you recall its glory days? Memories from when that building was a bustling factory or warehouse that employed three generations in your family. It’s possible that building is a former school, which the community simply outgrew, or maybe … More Expanded Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) FY23 Funding Now Available

Building Codes on Main Street: Virtual Workshop Registration Now Open!

Do your city’s building owners struggle with underutilized space due to strict or confusing code regulations? If so, check out the Association for Preservation Technology International’s (APTI) upcoming workshop, Building Codes on Main Street, to explore ways to work with modern building code regulations to reinvigorate underutilized areas of your downtown. In cooperation with Main … More Building Codes on Main Street: Virtual Workshop Registration Now Open!

Main Street America Announces 2022 Accredited and Affiliate Communities

Recently, Main Street America (MSA) announced that 863 Main Street programs from across the nation have earned Accredited status! Excitingly, 25 Main Street programs in Virginia earned MSA’s top tier of recognition. This exclusive designation signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive community revitalization and a proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach to such efforts. Apart … More Main Street America Announces 2022 Accredited and Affiliate Communities

Historic Real Estate Finance Certification Series: Registration Now Open!

The Main Street America Institute, with the generous support of the The 1772 Foundation, will once again offer the National Development Council’s (NDC) Historic Real Estate Finance Certification series to Main Street professionals who are interested in deepening their knowledge of an participation in real estate development transactions, particularly in the utilization of Historic Tax … More Historic Real Estate Finance Certification Series: Registration Now Open!

Registration Now Open for VMS Webinar: Make Every Communication Count

On July 20, 2022 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Virginia Main Street (VMS) will hold a webinar to help your organization gain new supporters and secure donations! We don’t communicate with our best friends the same way we do our doctors, accountants or lawyers. In the same way, your organization should not message to … More Registration Now Open for VMS Webinar: Make Every Communication Count

Is Remote Worker Recruitment Right for Your Community?

Have you ever fantasized about working from the beach? Or, maybe the mountains or the banks of a river? When it comes to working from remote locales, the future is now! Virginia Main Street (VMS) is working with the experts at the National Main Street Center (NMSC) to study the infrastructure, amenities and markets that … More Is Remote Worker Recruitment Right for Your Community?

National Homeownership Month: Assisting First Time Homebuyers in Virginia

June is National Homeownership Month! Despite the challenges of the housing market – higher home prices, competitive and fast-paced home sales, lack of inventory – owning a home is still part of the American dream for many people. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) along with Virginia Housing, are collaborating to celebrate … More National Homeownership Month: Assisting First Time Homebuyers in Virginia

USDA and EDA Launch Resource Guide to Boost Economic Development in Rural Communities

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development recently released a joint resource guide to help community organizations access USDA and EDA resources to build strategies to boost economic development in rural America. The joint planning resource guide will better equip communities with an easy to access and … More USDA and EDA Launch Resource Guide to Boost Economic Development in Rural Communities

Alleghany Highlands EDC Awarded $30,000 Rural Community Development Initiative Grant

In July 2020, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) began working to provide comprehensive capacity building services through the federal Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) to six recipient organizations located in rural and/or economically challenged regions of Virginia. The RCDI program seeks to increase a community’s readiness to undertake community and economic development projects through technical … More Alleghany Highlands EDC Awarded $30,000 Rural Community Development Initiative Grant

Eight Projects Awarded GO Virginia Grants to Support Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Workforce Development

Recently, Governor Youngkin announced more than $1.2 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grant awards for eight projects focused on creating critical talent pipelines to support regional economic growth, strengthen workforce development and support collaborative programs between localities, public entities and private businesses. “GO Virginia is fostering a regional collaboration among businesses, … More Eight Projects Awarded GO Virginia Grants to Support Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Workforce Development