Video Highlights: Virginia Main Street Merit Awards

At the closing luncheon of Downtown Intersections—the gathering of Virginia’s Main Street and downtown revitalization network—eight awards marked the best of the year. Erik Johnston, director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development presented the awards, noting the power of collaborative effort toward in creating places that attract investment and people.

Short videos—each a little over 2 minutes—showed the teams and energy behind the projects. Click on the image below to watch a specific video on YouTube, or go to the DHCD YouTube channel and watch them all.

Congratulations to the awarded communities. We look forward to next year’s event, when we’ll celebrate an  new crop of smart strategies realized by dedicated leaders.


Screen Shot 2019-07-26 at 6.03.58 PMBest Adaptive Reuse Project
Guncotton Coffee and Gallery – Hopewell, VA


Screen Shot 2019-07-26 at 5.50.34 PMBest Historic Rehabilitation Project
Academy of Music Theater – Lynchburg, VA


Screen Shot 2019-07-26 at 6.08.30 PMBest Downtown Public Improvement Project
Downtown Streetscape Project – Wytheville, VA


Outstanding Business
Southern Frills – South Boston, VA


Screen Shot 2019-07-26 at 6.22.02 PMBest Innovation
White Mill 3D Prospect Video – Danville, VA


screen-shot-2019-07-26-at-6.29.55-pm.pngBest Downtown Business Promotion
Holiday Open House – Blackstone, VA


screen-shot-2019-07-26-at-6.36.14-pm.pngVolunteer of the Year
Bill Gatewood – Ashland, VA


Outstanding Fundraising Effort
A Downtown Affair – Fredericksburg, VA