2020 Volunteer of the Year: Holly Redding

During the 2020 Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference, Holly Redding (pictured left) received a Virginia Main Street (VMS) Merit Award, earning the meaningful “Volunteer of the Year” recognition. Redding was nominated by The Old Town Advancement Commission (OTAC) in Winchester, where she serves as chairperson of OTAC’s board of directors. Redding’s nomination was based on her … More 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Holly Redding

Four New Virginia Main Street Communities Announced!

Excitingly, the towns of Cape Charles, Onancock, Tappahannock and Tazewell will be joining the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program / family! On September 16th, Governor Northam announced that these localities will become designated VMS communities, eager to revitalize their commercial districts and spur new growth! Since 1985, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development … More Four New Virginia Main Street Communities Announced!

PastForward: National Preservation Conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s (NTHP) annual preservation conference will be held virtually on Oct. 27-30, and registration has opened to the public. The virtual PastForward conference will showcase the vital preservation work taking place across the nation and feature more than 32 sessions on topics such as racial justice and equity, dealing with … More PastForward: National Preservation Conference

2020 Outstanding Business: Grizzly’s Hatchet House

During the 2020 Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference, Grizzly’s Hatchet House received a Virginia Main Street (VMS) Merit Award, earning the “Outstanding Business” recognition. The business, nominated by the City of Danville’s local Main Street program, River District Association (RDA), operates as a unique hatchet throwing entertainment establishment housed within a 100 year-old tobacco warehouse. Serving … More 2020 Outstanding Business: Grizzly’s Hatchet House

Downtown Wytheville, VA: We Will Rise Above

In Southwest Virginia, Downtown Wytheville, a designated Virginia Main Street (VMS) community, recognizes the value of a dynamic downtown and an atmosphere where businesses succeed and thrive. Today, as the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to linger, Wytheville’s local Main Street organization remains committed to bolstering economic vitality while ensuring that residents and visitors alike … More Downtown Wytheville, VA: We Will Rise Above

Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference Goes Virtual!

Annually, the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference (VAGHC) represents the state’s largest housing event, bringing together a diverse group of housing and community development professionals to discuss a host of important issues affecting all Virginians. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VAGHC planning team has decided to hold the annual event virtually, ensuring the safety and … More Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference Goes Virtual!

Four Ways to Continue to Speak Up for Main Street

In our previous Speak Up for Main Street blog post, we highlighted Main Street America’s (MSA) efforts to advocate to Congress for $100 million to be included in a future stimulus package to sustain and expand the incredibly important work of Main Street leaders and organizations throughout the nation. Today, uncertainty surrounds the passing of … More Four Ways to Continue to Speak Up for Main Street

DHCD Community Revitalization Office Roadshow: Register Now!

This year, join us as we take a virtual trip around Virginia, visiting some of the outstanding projects backed by DHCD’s Community Revitalization Office programs! This webinar will focus on the specific programs and grants that we offer, giving us a chance to discuss specific grant details and explore fantastic examples along the way. We … More DHCD Community Revitalization Office Roadshow: Register Now!

2020 Merit Awards: Best Business Promotion – Manassas

Historic Manassas, Inc. is proof that where there’s a will there’s a way, and they were recognized during our 2020 Merit Awards for the successful implementation and promotion of Sip & Shop, a recurring event that allows attendees to bring their favorite adult beverage along to wander and explore the streets downtown.  While the benefits … More 2020 Merit Awards: Best Business Promotion – Manassas

Danville, VA Named 2020 All-America City

Recently, the City of Danville was awarded the prestigious 2020 All-America City designation by the National Civic League (NCL)! Annually, the award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues. This year the award spotlighted and celebrated examples of civic engagement practices that advance health and well-being in … More Danville, VA Named 2020 All-America City