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!
NOW ACCEPTING AWARD NOMINATIONS 2019 Virginia Main Street Revitalization Merit Awards Virginia Main Street invites you to submit nominations for outstanding achievements in comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts, recognizing best downtown business promotion, outstanding fundraising effort, and best public improvement project, to name a few. Awards will be presented during a special celebration at the Virginia … More Now accepting nominations for the 2019 Virginia Main Street Merit Awards
SAVE THE DATE Downtown Intersections July 22-24 | Lynchburg, Virginia Save the date and mark your calendars to attend Downtown Intersections, presented by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, on July 22-24 in Lynchburg, Virginia! This two-day event promises a packed schedule full of sessions spanning topics geared toward strengthening your downtown revitalization … More Save The Date: 2019 Downtown Intersections
In order to meet new challenges and ensure an effective Main Street revitalization effort, program participants need ongoing training. Those participants – both staff and local community leaders – need different skills in different phases of the revitalization process. For that reason, the Virginia Main Street program offers a robust training calendar tackling basic revitalization … More Stay Current On Issues That Affect Traditional Commercial Districts
Do your residents and stakeholders feel engaged in their community? Do they feel heard and included? And how does their engagement translate into stronger organizations and programming? On Oct. 1, from noon-1 p.m., Virginia Main Street is offering a free webinar focused on a researched and field tested civic engagement method to build, stronger, healthier, … More Webinar – Heart and Soul Field Guide: Fostering a Participatory Community
How can your downtown function better for residents, merchants, and visitors? And how do you identify opportunities in the physical environment to make your town a destination, drawing customers and revenue to the area? On Oct. 11, 17, and 18 in Bristol, Blackstone and Gloucester, the fall edition of the Regional Rev Up promises to … More Regional Rev Up: Opportunity Analysis – Effective Design
We’ve heard from several communities across the commonwealth that improving downtown hospitality is a high priority in making their downtowns a destination! With help from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, DHCD has put together a series of 20 workshops across the state called Delivering Memorable Experiences Downtown, which aims to strengthen business hospitality to provide an … More Experiences that Bring Customers Back!
Guest Blogger Andrea Dono, executive director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, has extensive experience in Main Street revitalization and community-based economic development, including 10 years at the National Main Street Center. Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is thrilled to co-host the Virginia Main Street Downtown Intersections, July 16-18, 2018, and welcome you to our community in just a … More Welcome to Downtown Harrisonburg!
We hear from many communities that they have aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to explore their business ideas but don’t know where to begin. Here are a few great resources for start-ups: Waynesboro used funding from a Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) grant from DHCD to create an online tool and one-stop shop to help entrepreneurs … More Starting a New Business: Where to Begin?
You have an idea. That’s where it starts. Now what do you do with the idea? You could start a business, but how do you make it viable? The Kauffman FastTrac program can help you find the answer. The Kauffman Foundation has been helping entrepreneurs for more than 50 years, and the FastTrac program has … More FastTrac Program Available for Entrepreneurs