Development Ready Webinar Series (Part 1): Small-Scale Incremental Development Recap

What does it mean to be a “Development Ready” community? The first webinar of our three-part series helped localities begin to answer that thought-provoking question. Guest speakers Elizabeth Williams and Neil Heller, both of whom are faculty members at the Incremental Development Alliance (IDA), walked participants through the what, why and where of incremental development, … More Development Ready Webinar Series (Part 1): Small-Scale Incremental Development Recap

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

DHCD Programs Win IEDC Awards!

While we have always been tremendously proud of our community development, real estatedevelopment, and economic development work, we can now add “award winning” to our programming!The Economic Development and Community Vitality team at Virginia Department of Housing andCommunity Development is thrilled to announce that at the International Economic DevelopmentCouncil (IEDC) annual conference in Oklahoma City, … More DHCD Programs Win IEDC Awards!

Plan Your Next Local Food Trip With the Virginia Farmers Market Trail App

Planning your local food trip? Use the new Virginia Farmers Market Trail app to find farmers markets near you! Developed by the Virginia Farmers Market Association (VAFMA), Virginia State University (VSU) and the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), this mobile app helps farmers market lovers find Virginia’s vibrant markets, family-friendly agritourism operations and world-class farm-to-table restaurants. … More Plan Your Next Local Food Trip With the Virginia Farmers Market Trail App

Application Now Open for VDOT Ready, Set, Go! Transportation Alternatives Grant Program

Do you have a transportation issue in your community? Are you looking to develop the right-sized solution? The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently launched a new pilot program, called the Ready, Set, Go! Grant, designed to assist Virginia’s smaller-sized communities in identifying, evaluating and reporting achievable, affordable and targeted non-motorized improvements. If selected for … More Application Now Open for VDOT Ready, Set, Go! Transportation Alternatives Grant Program

Hopewell celebrates two CBL grand openings during Third Thursday street festival

Hopewell Downtown Partnership (HDP), a Community Business Launch (CBL) grantee for 2022, hosted two grand openings this week at its regularly scheduled Third Thursdays Street Festival. City Point Ice Cream and Burgers owners Phillip and Lexi Hughes, and Jonathan Montiel, and Artisan Alley owner Ann Audrey Eliades Kirk both received funding from the Homegrown in … More Hopewell celebrates two CBL grand openings during Third Thursday street festival

BREAKING NEWS – Danville’s River District Association Named 2023 Great American Main Street Award Semifinalist!

Main Street America (MSA) has announced the River District Association (RDA) as a 2023 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) Semifinalist, one of eight organizations recognized for excellence in transforming downtown districts. This prestigious award is the nation’s top award recognizing communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. A jury of professionals … More BREAKING NEWS – Danville’s River District Association Named 2023 Great American Main Street Award Semifinalist!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Your Downtown

Hispanic and Latino communities are at the heart of the Main Street movement. From September 15th to October 15th (and beyond), we encourage you to celebrate and share the Hispanic Heritage stories in your community! To engage and show your support for the Hispanic members of the Main Street movement, utilize this social media toolkit … More Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Your Downtown

New Park Commemorates African-American Contributions to Orange, Virginia

With assistance from a Virginia Main Street (VMS) Downtown Investment Grant (DIG), totaling $25,000, and other partners, Orange Downtown Alliance (ODA), d.b.a. Love Orange Virginia (LOVe), collaborated with the Orange County African-American Historical Society (OCAAHS) to create a park that illuminates the history of the Town of Orange’s former African-American commercial district, as well as … More New Park Commemorates African-American Contributions to Orange, Virginia