Main Street on YouTube

Main Street communities use all sorts of strategies to spread the word about their downtowns. Videos require more financial resource and expertise than some other strategies, but when done well, they are great public relations tools. Many communities provide a professional tour of their downtown to showcase recent improvements and exciting new initiatives. In the … More Main Street on YouTube

Comparing Main Street Districts and Local Big Box Stores

Mapping the Commonwealth recently created a series of photos that overlay ten historic commercial districts (most of them Virginia Main Street districts) with the community’s local big box stores and parking lots. These photos are interesting for several reasons. They help illustrate why the local historic commercial district is so financially valuable to a community. … More Comparing Main Street Districts and Local Big Box Stores

Crowdfunding Main Street

In many communities, someone from out of town who is interested in starting a new business can turn to the local Main Street organization for help. The local Main Street organization can often provide square footage, rent and utility costs and introductions to owners of vacant and available storefronts. They can introduce the potential business owner to … More Crowdfunding Main Street

Virginia Main Street Awards Downtown Improvement Grants

VMS recently awarded several Downtown Improvement Grants (DIG). These grants, of up to $25,000, help designated Main Street communities tackle special, one-time Main Street-related projects that need additional financial resources to become a reality. The awarded projects have specific economic restructuring outcomes and involve multiple community partners. This year, VMS received 14 competitive applications and … More Virginia Main Street Awards Downtown Improvement Grants