Staunton rallies for the Sears Hill Bridge

The creative spirit of the Downtown Staunton community is driving a playful public engagement strategy around the restoration of the Sears Hill Bridge. The pedestrian bridge, which had linked the Sears Hill neighborhood and Downtown Staunton for more than 100 years, was condemned in January 2010. Restoration of the bridge will cost about $200,000, and the community is pulling together to make … More Staunton rallies for the Sears Hill Bridge

Nominate a business for the 2011 Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award

Nominations are being accepted through June 30 for the 2011 Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award.   The award, given by the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, is a unique competition honoring entrepreneurial businesses  that demonstrate sustained vitality and commitment to Virginia communities facing high unemployment, high poverty and low entrepreneurial activity. Each year five Resilience Award winners receive … More Nominate a business for the 2011 Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award

Town and gown topic of VDDA Annual Workshop June 7-8

Lexington, Virginia has served as the home of Washington and Lee University since 1780 and Virginia Military Institute since 1839. This historic downtown is a great location to ponder the nexus between downtown revitalization, community development, and higher education. On June 7 and 8, Virginia Downtown Development Association (VDDA) will do just that at its Annual Workshop, this year titled, “Melding Town and … More Town and gown topic of VDDA Annual Workshop June 7-8

One way to earn a Scooby Snack: “Stay Exempt” tools clearly communicate IRS rules

Those vaguely familiar looking characters at the right aren’t from a lost Scooby-Doo episode. They’ve been freshly created by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as part of the micro site http://www.stayexempt.irs.gov, and they’re here to help you meddling kids keep your charitable status. The IRS has gotten tougher in recent years on both the organizational … More One way to earn a Scooby Snack: “Stay Exempt” tools clearly communicate IRS rules

Virginia Main Street Announces Community Designation How to Apply Workshops

Virginia Main Street (VMS) will be accepting applications, due June 16, for up to four additional communities to be designated in FY2012.  This intensive approach to downtown revitalization is ideal for DHCD Commercial Affiliates and other smaller localities with pedestrian oriented historic commercial districts that are committed to community-based revitalization strategies. In this expansion round, VMS … More Virginia Main Street Announces Community Designation How to Apply Workshops