Workshop Series: Getting Started with Community Heart and Soul

Learn how to get started with Community Heart & Soul, a powerful way to strengthen community. Created by the Orton Family Foundation, Community Heart & Soul is a unique community development model that brings people together to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant small cities and towns based on what matters most to everyone. … More Workshop Series: Getting Started with Community Heart and Soul

Register Now! Rev Up Downtown Business Resiliency

Building a small manufacturing movement in your community? Empowering your local makers and producers? Join us for the fall Rev Up virtual workshop! Small-scale producers, or maker businesses, are defined as all types of small businesses producing tangible goods. This includes businesses producing goods in textile, hardware, wood, metal, 3D printing, and food, not to … More Register Now! Rev Up Downtown Business Resiliency

2020 Merit Awards: Best Downtown Business Promotion – Strasburg

Promoting Main Street takes many forms, but the ultimate goal is to position the downtown as the hub of the community and economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics. To generate foot-traffic and spending in local eateries and businesses, you need an effective downtown business promotion. At the recent … More 2020 Merit Awards: Best Downtown Business Promotion – Strasburg

It’s a wrap! Recordings Available for Our DI20 Virtual Conference

Thank you to the speakers, staff, and all who participated in our first Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference. The event was full of little experiments.  Having the guts to take a chance, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.  We are discovering our entrepreneurial spirit, much like your Main Street programs and the small businesses … More It’s a wrap! Recordings Available for Our DI20 Virtual Conference

DI20 Day Three: Move the Conversation Around Action!

Have you and your community partners ever gotten stuck on a major initiative?  To succeed, Main Street must show visible results that can only come from completing projects – both short- and long-term activities that add up to meaningful change. Yet, before any undertaking, local leaders need to work together to identify key strategies that … More DI20 Day Three: Move the Conversation Around Action!

DI20 Day Two Content You Cannot Miss!

The Main Street Approach is most effective in places where community residents have a strong emotional, social and civic connection and are motivated to get involved and make a difference.  To hold up this principle for a sustainable revitalization effort, day two of the Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference focuses on cultivating community relationships for investment, … More DI20 Day Two Content You Cannot Miss!

How to Include your Landlord in a Game Plan for Success during COVID-19

Our contributor is Jenny Crittenden, a seasoned 14-year veteran executive director of the Main Street Preservation Trust in Gloucester, VA, where she manages an accredited Main Street program. She has experience working with property owners and tenants from independents to national retailers. To learn more about the Gloucester Village go to http://www.gloucestervillage.com or follow them … More How to Include your Landlord in a Game Plan for Success during COVID-19

Two Ways to Toot Your Community Horn!

Achievement recognition and a chance to secure $5,000 to implement a downtown project?! Call to action: Throw your hat in the ring! We are now accepting 2020 Virginia Merit Award Nominations and applications for the Main Street Idea Pitch. Virginia Main Street invites you to submit Merit Award Nominations for outstanding achievements in comprehensive downtown … More Two Ways to Toot Your Community Horn!