Short-Term Rentals: A Guide to Ensure the Best Outcomes for Your Community

Are short term rentals (STR) a topic of conversation in your community? Maybe so, as nationally the STR market is expanding and is poised for further growth.  National League of Cities (NLC) reports as a result of this growth, local leaders have had to grapple with competing benefits and challenges – in particular, how to … More Short-Term Rentals: A Guide to Ensure the Best Outcomes for Your Community

Strengthen Local Food Systems: AFID Infrastructure Grant Program

Would your community like to incentivize a new craft beverage business to fill a vacant storefront, much like what Westmoreland County did to recruit a new brewery and pub to downtown Montross? Or how about investing in needed improvements to your farmers market, like the City of Martinsville’s upgrades to the Uptown Martinsville Farmers Market, … More Strengthen Local Food Systems: AFID Infrastructure Grant Program

Removing Barriers: Expanded Health Care Coverage for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Governor Glenn Youngkin ceremonially signed House Bill 884 and Senate Bill 195 on June 1, 2022. This new state law aims to create benefits consortiums for Virginia’s small businesses, in addition to nonprofits. According to the governor’s news release, these consortiums allows these entities to come together as a single large pool to offer employees … More Removing Barriers: Expanded Health Care Coverage for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Inspiring Placemaking Projects That Tell a Fuller American Story

Let us celebrate Black History Month together across Virginia as a community committed to embracing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging! Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community, spaces that can serve all members of the community, tell a fuller American story and promote positive change. Here … More Inspiring Placemaking Projects That Tell a Fuller American Story

Great Reasons to Transform Downtown Spaces into Fun Places

Imagine if your community designed downtown to be a playful place for families, an inviting, interactive place that makes learning about local history fun and encourages lingering for increased spending at restaurants and shops. What would that look like? On Thursday, May 6, the Center for Universal Education and the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking … More Great Reasons to Transform Downtown Spaces into Fun Places

The Joy of Pla(y)ce

Why would we create places that promote play and engagement through urban design and development? Downtown amenities, such as multipurpose parks and recreational installations, create an engaging place that attracts people every day and most hours of the day. They are an opportunity to connect families, nurture child development, and – what municipalities like to … More The Joy of Pla(y)ce

VCDC’s Mission Elevation on Main Street

Our guest blogger is Raven Bates, Communications and Office Manager at the Virginia Community Development Corporation (VCDC). The Mission Elevation program is an extension of VCDC’s commitment to ensure communities are vibrant for all residents. To date, 27 organizations have participated in the program leading to remarkable and durable financial, programmatic and strategic impacts. Harrisonburg … More VCDC’s Mission Elevation on Main Street

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