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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
With the July 4th weekend in our rear view mirror, we hope that you were able to fill your weekend with food, fun, and family. Let the celebration continue and join us as we reflect on 35 years of Virginia Main Street and move forward together restoring vitality in your commercial district at the upcoming … More Check Out These Highlights for Day One of DI20