Watch, Learn, and Lead: A Virginia Main Street Primer

Let’s face it, creating a thriving downtown is no small task. To achieve this, you need a strategic, outcome-oriented revitalization approach – the Main Street Approach. Whether you’re a new Main Street program manager, returning volunteer, or experienced municipal leader that needs a refresher, a Main Street Approach basic training will ensure you have the … More Watch, Learn, and Lead: A Virginia Main Street Primer

The Power of Business and Non-profit Partnerships

Guest Blogger Julie Markowitz, Director of Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA), started with Main Street in 2006 armed with ten years of experience in mall marketing and promotions. Our StauntoNites event grant program, which was designed to incentivize businesses to stay open until 8 PM Saturday nights and host an in-store event to stimulate a … More The Power of Business and Non-profit Partnerships

Place-making: Creating a Downtown Where People Want to Be

Our guest blogger is Hopewell Downtown Partnership Executive Director Evan Kaufman. Over the last 8 years, we have worked hard to facilitate the rehab of downtown properties, recruit new businesses, plan events and festivals, and develop strong partnerships. While we will continue these strategies, it’s time to start implementing some creative place-making strategies to get … More Place-making: Creating a Downtown Where People Want to Be

Celebrate Small Business Week: May 5 – 11, 2019

National Small Business Week is a week-long spring celebration to honor the thousands of small and locally owned businesses that make up the country’s local economies (May 5 – 11, 2019). Celebrations span the local, state and federal levels, as consumers, elected officials, Main Street, and small businesses come together to recognize the important impact … More Celebrate Small Business Week: May 5 – 11, 2019

Downtown Intersections: Early Bird Registration Now Open!

Register now to attend Downtown Intersections, presented by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development‘s Virginia Main Street Program, in partnership with the Downtown Lynchburg Association and the city of Lynchburg. This event promises a packed schedule full of sessions spanning topics geared toward economic vitality and design, as well as a practitioner’s studio … More Downtown Intersections: Early Bird Registration Now Open!

Life of a Virginia Main Street Manager

Recently, Main Street America’s #MainSpotlight featured a great article about the Main Street executive director experience from one of Virginia’s own, Todd Wolford of Downtown Wytheville Inc.  It cover’s Todd’s three-year experience achieving confidence and effectiveness in his role.  One of Virginia’s new directors said, “He’s like a Main Street director’s medium”. He practically read … More Life of a Virginia Main Street Manager

Save The Date: 2019 Downtown Intersections

SAVE THE DATE Downtown Intersections July 22-24 | Lynchburg, Virginia Save the date and mark your calendars to attend Downtown Intersections, presented by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, on July 22-24 in Lynchburg, Virginia! This two-day event promises a packed schedule full of sessions spanning topics geared toward strengthening your downtown revitalization … More Save The Date: 2019 Downtown Intersections