A Three-Step Process for Community Storytelling

Recently, Phil Eich, founder of Storyville Social, published a piece of great advice for those looking to create human-centered and story-based marketing content for their community to cultivate pride, support small businesses and attract and retain talent and investment. Essentially, Eich believes that worthwhile community storytelling happens when communities let people speak for themselves, minimizing … More A Three-Step Process for Community Storytelling

VMS Webinar: How-to-Apply for FY23 Grant Programs

Join us next month to learn more about Virginia Main Street (VMS) FY23 grant programs that can help breathe new life into underutilized buildings, establish and expand businesses and make your downtown a fun destination and local gathering spot! As we kick off a new year, you’re likely thinking about what projects, programs and/or services … More VMS Webinar: How-to-Apply for FY23 Grant Programs

New Year, New Goals

I know that current conventional wisdom is that New Year’s Resolutions aren’t good for you, but I just can’t help myself! New year – new planner, new calendar, new opportunities, new start. But, if it suits the reader, we change “resolutions” to “goals,” because we should all have goals! Check out how Virginia Main Street … More New Year, New Goals

That’s a Wrap on the Creating Community Vitality Series!

We sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) 2021 Creating Community Vitality (CCV) Series! Last month, the year long training wrapped up by reviewing the major lessons of the CCV Series and discussing how to get your community involved as we look ahead to the future. From storytelling … More That’s a Wrap on the Creating Community Vitality Series!

Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth Awarded Port Host Communities Revitalization Fund Awards

Recently, Governor Northam announced Port Host Communities Revitalization Fund (PHCRF) awards, totaling $1.5 million, that will rehabilitate a waterfront industrial property in Portsmouth, develop a testing site in Norfolk for unmanned surface and underwater vehicles and create retail and office space in Newport News! Learn more about each PHCRF project below: “Investing in our Port … More Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth Awarded Port Host Communities Revitalization Fund Awards

VMS Webinar: Getting Organized for the New Year!

On January 19, 2022, Virginia Main Street (VMS) will hold a webinar to help communities get organized for the New Year, focusing on essential skills to build relationships and mobilize resources for community impact! 2022, the year to grow your organizational support, relationships, and resources. Starting off the new year right, hitting the ground running … More VMS Webinar: Getting Organized for the New Year!

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Receives Merit Award for Overall Pandemic Response

Excitingly, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) received a 2021 VMS Merit Award for the program’s overall pandemic response! The moment HDR learned of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community, the organization sprang into action! In early 2020, HDR convened the first meeting of what became the regional Harrisonburg-Rockingham Small Business Assistance Taskforce. HDR … More Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Receives Merit Award for Overall Pandemic Response

CCV Series: December 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Educational Webinar In December, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) welcomed Matt Wagner, Chief Program Officer for Main Street America, and Rebecca Rowe, Associate Director for DHCD’s Community Revitalization Office, to review the major lessons of the Creating Community Vitality (CCV) Series and discuss how to get your community involved as we … More CCV Series: December 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Town of Big Stone Gap Receives Merit Award for Best Special Event Innovation – Hawaiian Luau Party

Excitingly, the Town of Big Stone Gap received a 2021 VMS Merit Award for Best Special Event Innovation, which recognizes a successful special event pivot for a district-wide special event designed to build positive community identity and spirit, while maintaining pandemic-era safety measures. During the 4th of July, the Town of Big Stone Gap hosted … More Town of Big Stone Gap Receives Merit Award for Best Special Event Innovation – Hawaiian Luau Party