Lexington and Gloucester, VA Recognized by Garden Club of Virginia for Innovative Greening of Hardscapes

Recently, the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) celebrated urban landscapes at its fall forum, recognizing the Main Street programs of both Gloucester and Lexington, Virginia for their efforts to bring shade, flowers and fresh greenery into historic hardscapes through innovative techniques and plantings. Techniques highlighted by the GCV include: Large-Scale Self-Watering Planters: These planters are … More Lexington and Gloucester, VA Recognized by Garden Club of Virginia for Innovative Greening of Hardscapes

2020 Best Public Improvement Project: St. Paul

Spanning seven years and seven blocks, St. Paul finally completed its comprehensive downtown infrastructure project in 2019. Lead by the town, with input from St. Paul Tomorrow’s Design Committee in the early stages, this $16 million project reconstructed the stormwater system, sidewalks, curbing, roadways, crosswalks, water lines and sanitary sewer lines. The need for upgrading … More 2020 Best Public Improvement Project: St. Paul

Be Prepared: Dealing with Disaster Part 1 of 2

While earthquakes and tornadoes are rare in most of the commonwealth, hurricane season is a regular fixture on our calendars in Virginia. The season typically runs from June to November with heightened activity August to October. In October 2018, Hurricane Michael raised to the Dan River to flood stage, causing damaged roads and buildings, and even … More Be Prepared: Dealing with Disaster Part 1 of 2

Webinar: Communicating to Main Street during Crisis

Join us April 16 from 11 a.m. to noon for the webinar, Communicating to Main Street during Crisis. In this webinar, Ben Muldrow of Arnett Muldrow will share his thoughts and approach on what community leaders, Main Street directors and boards can do now during the public health emergency and how best to support their … More Webinar: Communicating to Main Street during Crisis

Enterprise Zones and Commercial District Revitalization

There are currently 45 designated enterprise zones across Virginia and included in those are 12 designated Virginia Main Street communities, as well as numerous affiliate communities. Over the past several years, we have seen the overlap of these two revitalization tools to transform many of our downtowns and commercial districts throughout the commonwealth. The Enterprise … More Enterprise Zones and Commercial District Revitalization

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

2019 Virginia Main Street Idea Pitch: Making Ideas Happen!

Main Street Idea Pitch! Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Do you have an idea for a new Main Street revitalization project idea you would like to start?  Are you positive it’s something that will be a slam-dunk success? Then you do not want to miss Virginia Main Street’s second annual Main Street Idea Pitch competition. Main Street … More 2019 Virginia Main Street Idea Pitch: Making Ideas Happen!