Growing a success narrative

Is Abingdon on the brink of a new renaissance? That was the title question of a front page Bristol Herald Courier story this week connecting new businesses in the Washington County town to a strategic investment in Southwest Virginia’s cultural heritage. This little town might be the next Asheville, at least according to the buzz downtown,” opens staff … More Growing a success narrative

Tell us what you think.

When a financial crisis arrives, it is too late to try to make the case for all the services your downtown organization provides to the community.   You need to be spending that time engaging your support base and selling the future.  To do that, there has to be a broad based system of support throughout the … More Tell us what you think.

How to lay out a city…in eight and one half minutes

While reviewing some of the great action movie stunts of all times, I was steered (get it: steered?) to this short film by French New Wave auteur Claude Lelouch.  While you probably don’t want to recreate this famous and wildly reckless driving scene, take eight minutes to focus on the beauty and layout of Parisian streets.  … More How to lay out a city…in eight and one half minutes

The resurrected and the lost

Virginia Main Street communities incorporate historic assets as the foundation of their design, promotion and economic restructuring strategies.  By fostering vibrant, economically viable downtowns, they serve as stewards of traditional commercial districts. And it can pay off. Staunton was recently listed as number 42 in the New York Posts’ “Top 100 places for New Yorkers to visit,” calling … More The resurrected and the lost

July Electronic Update now available

The July Virginia Main Street electronic update is now available. Stay current with upcoming trainings, events and announcements relevant to the Virginia Main Street community.  Read it here, and sign up to have it delivered to your inbox by emailing

Making the most of your natural assets

The natural beauty of Virginia’s diverse landscapes is a major quality-of-life factor for commonwealth residents and a strong draw for tourists.  In 2008, Virginia’s 35 state parks alone welcomed more than 7.25 million visitors with an estimated economic impact of nearly $170 million dollars.  (Fun fact #1: Virginia State park trails stretch more than 500 miles.) When you add Virginia’s National Parks, site, … More Making the most of your natural assets