During the month of April, the Virginia Main Street (VMS) team published seven blog posts, highlighting the latest community vitality-related news, events and more! Here’s a recap: VMS Community News: Grant Announcements: Grant Highlights: Business & Building Inventories: Training: Stay tuned for lots more great content in May!
As part of a recently announced U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Thriving Communities grant project, Main Street America (MSA) will assist Henry County and the City of Roanoke by providing two years of no-cost intensive technical assistance to help identify, develop, and deliver transportation projects that strengthen each of their communities. Henry County With the … More Main Street America Brings Thriving Communities Program to Virginia
Business and building inventories are a valuable resource for a Main Street organization. Not only do they provide a comprehensive list of downtown stakeholders, they can be used to conduct a market assessment, track investments, fill vacancies, and promote real estate opportunities (just to name a few). Creating a comprehensive inventory is a great project … More Downtown Business & Building Inventories: What, Why and How?
On April 13, 2023, a ribbon cutting for the Clifton Forge LOVE sculpture was held on the grounds of the town’s Masonic Amphitheater with a great show of support from the community! As an extension of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) LOVEworks program, which is a state-wide branding initiative designed to promote travel in Virginia … More Clifton Forge Spreads the LOVE Through New Sculpture
During the month of May, join the Virginia Main Street (VMS) team for an immersive half-day workshop focused on Diverse Funding and Sustainable Program Operations. Led by self-described spreadsheet nerd Jennifer Goldman, the workshop – Money Matters – will dive into funding best practices, diverse funding streams and work plan-aligned budgeting. Held separately in three … More Registration Open for Virginia Main Street Rev Up: Diversified Funding & Sustainable Program Operations
Each year, the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program offers a number of grant opportunities to help further the revitalization and preservation of historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts across the state, with a goal of creating vibrant and thriving local economies. The following grants are available: Downtown Investment Grant (DIG) Description: DIG funds allow Main … More Virginia Main Street FY24 Grant Applications Due Soon!
On March 27, 2023, Main Street America (MSA) announced that the River District Association (RDA) in Danville, Virginia has received the prestigious Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA), which recognizes communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Selected by a national jury of industry professionals and local leaders in the fields of … More Danville’s River District Association Earns Prestigious 2023 Great American Main Street Award
The Town of Crewe has become an Exploring Main Street (EMS) community and formally joined the powerful, grassroots Virginia Main Street (VMS) network! Founded in 1888, the Town of Crewe was built to support the operations of Norfolk & Western Railway as a divisional halfway point between Norfolk and Roanoke, Virginia. Interestingly, the town was … More Crewe Joins the Virginia Main Street Network by Becoming an Exploring Main Street Community!