The Joy of Pla(y)ce

Why would we create places that promote play and engagement through urban design and development? Downtown amenities, such as multipurpose parks and recreational installations, create an engaging place that attracts people every day and most hours of the day. They are an opportunity to connect families, nurture child development, and – what municipalities like to … More The Joy of Pla(y)ce

CCV Series: February 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Educational Webinar: After a successful kickoff month, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) was excited to continue the CCV Series, exploring the importance of placemaking during the month of February! Jeff Siegler (pictured left), founder of Revitalize, or Die. and a founding partner of Proud Places, helped participants discover how the places … More CCV Series: February 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Awards Announced for 2021 Port Host Community Revitalization Fund

On February 9th, awards were announced for three Virginia projects that will benefit from the Port Host Community Revitalization Fund (PHCRF). The General Assembly allocated $1 million in PHCRF grants for fiscal year 2021 to assist with removing, renovating, or modernizing port-related buildings and facilities in Virginia’s five port host communities: the town of Front Royal and the cities … More Awards Announced for 2021 Port Host Community Revitalization Fund

Warrenton Encourages Community to LOVE OUT LOUD!

Now more than ever, kindness and love need to be spread throughout communities, and that’s exactly what’s happening in Warrenton, Virginia. The Gerrish family (pictured left), owners of Designs by Teresa (Flowers & Gifts), partnered alongside other local businesses and organizations to construct a wall of flowers with each bouquet symbolizing an opportunity to show … More Warrenton Encourages Community to LOVE OUT LOUD!

New Coworking Facility Coming to Downtown Altavista

Altavista’s former fire station will soon become the Spark Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art coworking facility focused on supporting entrepreneurs and small business incubation. The new center will offer office-like amenities, wireless/wired internet access and broadband, high-quality copiers/printers, plotter and 3D printing capabilities, and other valuable resources for entrepreneurs and mobile workers, while also providing innovative … More New Coworking Facility Coming to Downtown Altavista

Virtual Reality: Making History Come Alive

While currently accounting for only one percent of storytelling experiences consumed by viewers, Virtual Reality (VR) technology will be an important tool to watch for virtual tourism in the future.  A team of three friends launched a pilot project, called Hidden in Plain Site (HiPS), in January 2021 after seeing a void in storytelling that … More Virtual Reality: Making History Come Alive

Danville’s River District Association Launches Mobile App

In January, Virginia Main Street (VMS) published the Creating Interactive Apptivities blog post, highlighting the importance of keeping people engaged with places throughout the pandemic. VMS spotlighted Danville’s River District Association (RDA) for their efforts to create socially distant activities through guided smartphone-based apptivities via Distrx. Excitingly, RDA has announced that their fun mobile apptivities … More Danville’s River District Association Launches Mobile App

Culpeper Downtown Dollars Program Infuses $16,500 into Local Small Businesses

Recently, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) announced that the designated Virginia Main Street (VMS) organization’s Culpeper Downtown Dollars program will infuse $16,500 into local small businesses. Similar to many Main Street programs across Virginia, CRI has worked hard to encourage the public to “put their money where their heart is” and support the lifeblood of the … More Culpeper Downtown Dollars Program Infuses $16,500 into Local Small Businesses

Six Essential Ingredients for Effective Board Governance

Now more than ever, good governance should be celebrated! It represents a significant achievement, one to recognize and reward. The gratification of contributing to a productive board that enables an organization to advance its mission is reward in itself, but those responsible for making it happen deserve a medal. There are six essential “ingredients” for … More Six Essential Ingredients for Effective Board Governance

Retail Alliance Announces Retailers Anywhere Can Now Apply to Earn Their Certificate in Retail Operations

Excitingly, the Retail Alliance has announced that retailers anywhere can now apply to earn their Certificate in Retail Operations (CROPS). Through their virtual 14-week program, the Hampton Roads-based nonprofit organization strives to fill the competency gap in retail operations, equipping participants with the education and skills to overcome the challenges inherent in starting or advancing … More Retail Alliance Announces Retailers Anywhere Can Now Apply to Earn Their Certificate in Retail Operations