This program is a day-long session designed to introduce the principles and implementation mechanisms behind neighborhood-based development projects. We offer specialized training on how to develop small residential, commercial, and mixed-use properties (1-3 story buildings with less than 20 units). The course assumes participants know a lot about where they live, but not necessarily about … More Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop
What will your downtown be like in 10-15 years? Is that future bright? The most successful towns understand they must nurture that community core to make it happen. On May 14, from noon-1 p.m., Virginia Main Street is offering a free webinar on the basics of the Main Street Approach for preservation-based downtown revitalization, which … More Webinar – What is Main Street?: A Strategic, Outcome-oriented Revitalization Strategy
Main Street Idea Pitch! Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Do you have an idea for a new Main Street revitalization project idea you would like to start? Are you positive it’s something that will be a slam-dunk success? Then you do not want to miss Virginia Main Street’s second annual Main Street Idea Pitch competition. Main Street … More 2019 Virginia Main Street Idea Pitch: Making Ideas Happen!
With spring upon us, the thoughts of many Main Street board members, directors, coordinators and managers turn to board development (right?). First – plan. Think about “How to Build the Board You Want.” Second – ask questions. “How do we identify and recruit the right members?” Do we have a finance guru? Marketing expertise? Community … More Build a Better Board, Be a Better Board
NOW ACCEPTING AWARD NOMINATIONS 2019 Virginia Main Street Revitalization Merit Awards Virginia Main Street invites you to submit nominations for outstanding achievements in comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts, recognizing best downtown business promotion, outstanding fundraising effort, and best public improvement project, to name a few. Awards will be presented during a special celebration at the Virginia … More Now accepting nominations for the 2019 Virginia Main Street Merit Awards
How effective is your business or nonprofit at reaching and attracting a targeted customer base? Do you wish that your Main Street organization could skillfully build awareness among volunteers and potential donors to support the mission? On April 16, 18, and 23 in Hopewell, Wytheville, and Fredericksburg, the spring edition of the Regional Rev Up … More Regional Rev Up: The Six Q’s of Marketing
Since 2015, 24 communities have participated in DHCD’s Community Business Launch (CBL) program and launched new or expanded businesses in a targeted district of their choice. A systems approach to asset-based, small-business economic development, the CBL program helps communities identify their unique assets and fill vacant storefronts with businesses that best attract and serve its … More Community Business Launch – Jump Start Your Downtown!