Danville’s Black Heritage Tour

Special thanks to our guest bloggers, Karice Luck-Brimmer (left) and Kirsten Aherron (right), for crafting a post for Virginia Main Street’s Black History Month blog series! Katrice is an historian and genealogist, as well as the Community Initiatives Program Associate for Virginia Humanities. Kirsten serves as the Communications and Events Manager for the River District … More Danville’s Black Heritage Tour

Registration Now Open for DHCD Microfinance Webinar: Getting Capital into Your Local Ecosystem

Next month, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, March 09, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to discuss getting capital into your local ecosystem! We all know that relying on “Aunt Marge” to loan you the money to start your company is not the best strategy, but what else … More Registration Now Open for DHCD Microfinance Webinar: Getting Capital into Your Local Ecosystem

Volunteer at the 2022 Main Street Now Conference!

At the 2022 Main Street Now Conference, we’ll celebrate the community resilience and reinvestment championed by our Main Street programs and begin envisioning strategic opportunities to strengthen and expand our downtowns as we emerge into a new economic future. Volunteering for the conference is a cost-effective way to hear from leading Main Street experts and … More Volunteer at the 2022 Main Street Now Conference!

Black History to Black Futures in Richmond, VA

It is widely known that Richmond, Virginia has a rich and varied history. All of the neighborhoods and districts within the city have a unique character and story. Jackson Ward, once known as the “Harlem of the South,” is one the city’s most significant neighborhoods due to its remarkable African-American heritage and culture. In the … More Black History to Black Futures in Richmond, VA

Addressing the Technology Gap in Your Downtown

Since the inception of Cambridge Retail Advisors (CRA) – Economic Development (ED), our guest blogger, Joe Lawlor, has worked tirelessly for the advancement of small businesses alongside a dedicated team of passionate professionals. He brings over a decade of small business consulting and mentoring experience spanning retail, restaurant and service sectors. In that time, Lawlor has worked with over 100 businesses from Maine to … More Addressing the Technology Gap in Your Downtown

Virginia Department of Historic Resources Opens 2022-2023 Survey and Planning Cost Share Program

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) has begun soliciting applications for the 2022-2023 Survey and Planning Cost Share Program to help local governments in meeting their preservation planning goals! Cost share projects are funded through a partnership between DHR and a local government and/or regional planning district commission, and eligible projects usually encompass a … More Virginia Department of Historic Resources Opens 2022-2023 Survey and Planning Cost Share Program

Inspiring Placemaking Projects That Tell a Fuller American Story

Let us celebrate Black History Month together across Virginia as a community committed to embracing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging! Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community, spaces that can serve all members of the community, tell a fuller American story and promote positive change. Here … More Inspiring Placemaking Projects That Tell a Fuller American Story

Rocky Mount Leverages Natural Amenities by Connecting Wooded Trails to Downtown

Last year, the Town of Rocky Mount received a grant from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Preservation Trust Fund, totaling $100,000, to further develop and connect a downtown park with hiking trails and stream-side relaxation at the upper reaches of Furnace Creek to the heart of Rocky Mount in Franklin County. Demonstrating the importance of leveraging … More Rocky Mount Leverages Natural Amenities by Connecting Wooded Trails to Downtown

2022 Main Street America Small Business Survey

In March 2020, Main Street America (MSA) conducted a small business survey on the economic and community impacts of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. They heard from more than 5,000 small businesses across the nation, and you can see the results from that survey here. Now, MSA once again turns to Main Street communities, eager to hear … More 2022 Main Street America Small Business Survey

Project Seed: New Innovation Hub Coming to Farmville

In late 2021, more than $3.6 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants were awarded to support 13 projects focused on expanding workforce development and talent pipelines in key industries, fostering business and improving infrastructure. Of those awards, $674,304 went towards the creation of an innovation hub in downtown Farmville that will … More Project Seed: New Innovation Hub Coming to Farmville