A Pocket Park in Pulaski

In 2020, the restrictions surrounding COVID-19 shifted community priorities and spurred innovation in creating space for communities to gather more safely. In 2020 the Town of Pulaski followed in this direction and was awarded a Community Development Block Grant to create a “pocket park” between 47 and 57 West Main Street. The park was built … More A Pocket Park in Pulaski

Announcing the Mixed Use on Main Street (MUMS) program!

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is announcing a new program and will host a how-to-apply webinar for the Mixed Use on Main Street (MUMS) grant/loan program on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 10 A.M. – 11 A.M. For those interested but unable to attend the live webinar, a recording of the how-to-apply presentation will be posted to … More Announcing the Mixed Use on Main Street (MUMS) program!

Enjoy the Little Things in Downtown Staunton!

The Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA) enjoys the “little things” in Downtown Staunton with a newly branded space, truck and cart. THE SPACE, a 432 square foot storefront operated by SDDA, opened on July 1, 2022 featuring an exhibit on The Statler Brothers, an American country music group from Staunton, Virginia. The exhibit ran until … More Enjoy the Little Things in Downtown Staunton!

Short-Term Rentals: A Guide to Ensure the Best Outcomes for Your Community

Are short term rentals (STR) a topic of conversation in your community? Maybe so, as nationally the STR market is expanding and is poised for further growth.  National League of Cities (NLC) reports as a result of this growth, local leaders have had to grapple with competing benefits and challenges – in particular, how to … More Short-Term Rentals: A Guide to Ensure the Best Outcomes for Your Community

It’s DHCD Roadshow Time Again!

The Economic Development and Community Vitality (EDCV) Division has lots of programs to help communities achieve their development goals! Not limited to – Virginia Main Street (VMS), Community Business Launch (CBL), GO Virginia, Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF), Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ), Virginia Small Business Resiliency Fund (VSBRF), Virginia Individual Development Accounts (VIDA), and Program Layering. … More It’s DHCD Roadshow Time Again!

Altavista Receives 2023 Financial Feasibility Grant Award to Determine Best Use for Historic Vista Theatre

The Town of Altavista received a 2023 Financial Feasibility Grant (FFG) award to determine the highest and best use of the community’s historic Vista Theatre. Nestled in the heart of downtown, the building was constructed in 1930 and served as a theatre / live performance center until the mid-1980s when it closed due to a … More Altavista Receives 2023 Financial Feasibility Grant Award to Determine Best Use for Historic Vista Theatre

Resources You Can Use – Virginia Housing and Community Outreach

Community Outreach is the outward facing arm of Virginia Housing (VH), helping to build and maintain relationships with housing-related organizations across Virginia. VH manages a variety of programs designed to increase the capacity and sustainability of Virginia’s Affordable Housing Delivery Network. VH and their Reach Team are trusted partners with an interest not only in … More Resources You Can Use – Virginia Housing and Community Outreach

Happy Veterans Day!

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BREAKING NEWS: “How CDFIs Close the Wealth Gap” Webinar Has Been Rescheduled. Register Today!

Great news, the Microfinance Webinar: How CDFIs Can Close the Wealth Gap Through Supporting Small Businesses has been rescheduled! Starting a small business is one of the best ways to build wealth. Join us on December 5, 2022 at 11:00 am to hear how three (3) different Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) from across the … More BREAKING NEWS: “How CDFIs Close the Wealth Gap” Webinar Has Been Rescheduled. Register Today!

New Tech Sheet Available to Help Localities Build a Customized Wayfinding Sign System

On behalf of the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, Frazier Associates has created a new tech sheet for localities across the state to utilize when considering the development of a wayfinding sign system, particularly one that’s customized. A wayfinding sign system is made of eye-catching, easily identified signs that are comprehensive and unified and direct … More New Tech Sheet Available to Help Localities Build a Customized Wayfinding Sign System