Main Spotlight: What Does Supporting Local Really Look Like?

“Supporting local is more than just a hashtag, it is a lifestyle.” Featured recently in Main Street America’s Main Spotlight, Downtown Wytheville Inc. Executive Director Todd Wolford contributes a message that speaks from the heart to customers supporting local businesses. Local holiday spending is certainly a gift, but making that continuous effort year round is … More Main Spotlight: What Does Supporting Local Really Look Like?

Food Co-op Opportunity Zone Fund in Fredericksburg

How can Opportunity Zones benefit Main Street? In spring of 2017 the OZ legislation was established as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  It’s an economic and community development tax incentive that provides an avenue for investors to support distressed communities in designated areas.  Taxpayers can get capital gains tax deferral for making … More Food Co-op Opportunity Zone Fund in Fredericksburg

Webinar – Nonprofit Board Fundamentals: What’s Your Job?

Healthy organizations start with board members who understand their role and how best to bring their skills to the board table. On November 14, from noon-1 PM, please join us and Cindy Colson of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence for Nonprofit Board Fundamentals: What’s Your Job?, a webinar designed to give board members a jump … More Webinar – Nonprofit Board Fundamentals: What’s Your Job?

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