Governor McDonnell announces designation of two new Virginia Main Street communities

On June 7, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the designation of two new Virginia Main Street communities. With the addition of Ashland and Fredericksburg to the network, the total number of designated Virginia Main Street communities now stands at 26.

“I am pleased to welcome these communities to the Virginia Main Street program,” said Governor McDonnell. “By supporting local economic revitalization strategies, leveraging private investment and utilizing Main Street program resources these communities can spark entrepreneurship and job creation in their historic downtowns.”

Each community brings a unique set of historic assets and strategic focus to its revitalization work. Ashland is strengthening ties with its local college and building on the local quality of life of an historic railroad town. Downtown Fredericksburg’s remarkable historic architectural heritage and location provides significant opportunities for increased private investment and business development in the downtown.

 Virginia Main Street will provide technical assistance, training, and expert resources to assist the communities with aligning resources and achieving their downtown development goals. A program of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Main Street uses the National Main Street Four Point Approach® model to encourage private investment and job creation in Virginia’s downtowns. The program helps communities develop strategies that create economic growth and pride in their downtown areas.