FY22 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Fund: How-to-Apply Webinar

During the month of June, Virginia DHCD will host a how-to-apply webinar for the new FY2022 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Fund, which seeks to advance and accelerate the post-pandemic recovery of Virginia‚Äôs business and commercial districts. Specifically, these funds will support historically economically disadvantaged communities and other business districts that have been disproportionately … More FY22 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Fund: How-to-Apply Webinar

Virginia SBDC Retail Recovery & Renewal Webinar Series

As most COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, small businesses and communities across the nation are reopening, buzzing with renewed traffic and shoppers. To ensure merchants are prepared, Marc Wilson of Virginia SBDC will host two webinars during the month of June focused on reopening and renewal. Learn more below! A Grand Reopening Celebration: A Retailer’s Guide … More Virginia SBDC Retail Recovery & Renewal Webinar Series

National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant Funds Seek to Encourage Preservation at the Local Level: Apply Today!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has made funds available to encourage preservation at the local level by supporting preservation work and providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants will help: Stimulate public discussion Enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for preservation projects Introduce the public to preservation concepts and … More National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant Funds Seek to Encourage Preservation at the Local Level: Apply Today!

CCV Series: May 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Educational Webinar In May, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) welcomed Kevin Wright (left) and Joe Nickol (right) of YARD and Company to discuss how to create demand by uncovering community assets, spark momentum and craft master plans that build on what you have in your own backyard, while embracing hyper-local get-it-done … More CCV Series: May 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Virginia Enacts Outdoor Refreshment Area Legislation

On July 1, 2021, Virginia ABC will replace the application for Local Special Events (LSE) licenses with Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (ORA) licenses. As with the LSE license, an ORA license may be issued only to a locality, business improvement district or nonprofit organization and authorizes the consumption of alcoholic beverages within public spaces of the … More Virginia Enacts Outdoor Refreshment Area Legislation

Telling the Full Story During Preservation Month

During the month of May, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) celebrates the diverse and unique heritage of our nation’s cities and states. Annually, local preservation groups, state historical societies and various organizations across the country celebrate through events that promote historic places and heritage tourism, while also demonstrating the social and economic benefits … More Telling the Full Story During Preservation Month

Crowdfund Investing for Main Street

Sometimes capital from credit cards, banks, friends and family are not the right fit for fast growing and start-up Main Street businesses. Thankfully, another option is crowdfunding. While most people think of Kickstarter and other donation-based platforms for raising capital, there are also investment-based crowdfunding options like Mainvest, which focuses on small business opportunities, or … More Crowdfund Investing for Main Street

Virginia Tourism Corporation Recovery Marketing Leverage Program Application Now Open!

Seeking to spur economic activity and support the tourism and hospitality industries, the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) announced that applications are now open for the VTC Recovery Marketing Leverage Program! Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, and award announcements will be made by July 30, 2021. The summer 2021 program … More Virginia Tourism Corporation Recovery Marketing Leverage Program Application Now Open!

Great Reasons to Transform Downtown Spaces into Fun Places

Imagine if your community designed downtown to be a playful place for families, an inviting, interactive place that makes learning about local history fun and encourages lingering for increased spending at restaurants and shops. What would that look like? On Thursday, May 6, the Center for Universal Education and the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking … More Great Reasons to Transform Downtown Spaces into Fun Places