Harrisonburg – 2014 Great American Main Street Award Winner

Congratulations to the city of Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR), a 2014 Great American Main Street Awards® (GAMSA) winner.  Recognized as a leader in implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach®, embracing sound historic preservation practices and building strategic partnerships, HDR was honored at the Main Street Awards Ceremony at the 2014 National Main Streets Conference in Detroit. The National Main Street … More Harrisonburg – 2014 Great American Main Street Award Winner

VDDA Awards of Excellence: Call for Entries

The Virginia Downtown Development Association (VDDA), one of Virginia Main Street’s closest partners and strongest supporters,will host its 29th Annual Awards of Excellence to recognize and encourage excellence in historic downtown revitalization throughout the commonwealth of Virginia. The Awards of Excellence are presented to showcase the achievements of organizations, individuals and government in meeting the … More VDDA Awards of Excellence: Call for Entries

Main Street on YouTube

Main Street communities use all sorts of strategies to spread the word about their downtowns. Videos require more financial resource and expertise than some other strategies, but when done well, they are great public relations tools. Many communities provide a professional tour of their downtown to showcase recent improvements and exciting new initiatives. In the … More Main Street on YouTube

Comparing Main Street Districts and Local Big Box Stores

Mapping the Commonwealth recently created a series of photos that overlay ten historic commercial districts (most of them Virginia Main Street districts) with the community’s local big box stores and parking lots. These photos are interesting for several reasons. They help illustrate why the local historic commercial district is so financially valuable to a community. … More Comparing Main Street Districts and Local Big Box Stores

Crowdfunding Main Street

In many communities, someone from out of town who is interested in starting a new business can turn to the local Main Street organization for help. The local Main Street organization can often provide square footage, rent and utility costs and introductions to owners of vacant and available storefronts. They can introduce the potential business owner to … More Crowdfunding Main Street

Virginia Main Street Awards Downtown Improvement Grants

VMS recently awarded several Downtown Improvement Grants (DIG). These grants, of up to $25,000, help designated Main Street communities tackle special, one-time Main Street-related projects that need additional financial resources to become a reality. The awarded projects have specific economic restructuring outcomes and involve multiple community partners. This year, VMS received 14 competitive applications and … More Virginia Main Street Awards Downtown Improvement Grants