Norton’s Cider Success

A vacant building at the heart of downtown Norton once considered for demolition has gotten a second lease on life. Recent renovations have transformed it into Southwest Virginia’s first cidery. Watch the video to learn more about the project from start to finish! The project to reimagine the former auto repair shop began in 2016 … More Norton’s Cider Success

Attract a Dynamic Workforce by Utilizing the Main Street Approach!

“One lesson for cities, especially smaller cities and towns hoping to attract new talent, is that instead of chasing big businesses, they should focus on building a great place as outlined in the Main Street Program’s Four-Point Approach to economic development. ” Ed McMahon is a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute in … More Attract a Dynamic Workforce by Utilizing the Main Street Approach!

May is Preservation Month!

Yes, you read that right. It is six months away, but Preservation Month is a great time for Main Street organizations to promote themselves while promoting the economic development benefits of historic preservation. What are some ways to celebrate, maybe even profit from Preservation Month? Does your organization have any connections with local realtors? Ask … More May is Preservation Month!

Small Scale Manufacturing on Main Street

Small scale production has emerged as a powerful way to tie opportunity to place, and can fill a missing piece in downtown and community development efforts. Data suggests that this type of production is rapidly growing along Main Streets across the country, expanding and diversifying the employment and retail opportunities found in our districts.  The … More Small Scale Manufacturing on Main Street

Partner Spotlight – Virginia Commission for the Arts

Does your community love its performing arts? Is your organization planning to start a mural program? Do you want your downtown to be known for its public art? Then, you should get to know the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through … More Partner Spotlight – Virginia Commission for the Arts

Enterprise Zones and Commercial District Revitalization

There are currently 45 designated enterprise zones across Virginia and included in those are 12 designated Virginia Main Street communities, as well as numerous affiliate communities. Over the past several years, we have seen the overlap of these two revitalization tools to transform many of our downtowns and commercial districts throughout the commonwealth. The Enterprise … More Enterprise Zones and Commercial District Revitalization

Strong Nonprofit. Strong Main Street.

This blog is guest written by Kadi Davis with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. From governance, leadership, management and finance to robust programs, data-driven evaluation and collaboration, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) invests in nonprofits and the people who power them – board, staff and volunteers. To do that, CNE provides tools, training, consulting, … More Strong Nonprofit. Strong Main Street.