2020 Small Business Support Relief & Recovery Initiative Final Report Demonstrates Impact of Grant Program

Over past year and longer, Virginia’s historic commercial districts and downtowns worked tirelessly to build vibrancy and economic opportunity as they experienced unprecedented challenges, pivoting quickly at the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic to help small businesses and other key stakeholders secure the resources necessary to survive. Apart from their inspiring local efforts, the … More 2020 Small Business Support Relief & Recovery Initiative Final Report Demonstrates Impact of Grant Program

Deadline Extended: Submit Your Session Proposal for the 2022 Main Street Now Conference

Have you implemented an impactful local project you’d like to share with the Main Street network? Do you have insight on trends in local economics, placemaking, or housing solutions? There’s still plenty of time to share your session ideas for the 2022 Main Street Now Conference because the deadline has been extended to August 27, 2021! Alongside the Virginia Main … More Deadline Extended: Submit Your Session Proposal for the 2022 Main Street Now Conference

Martinsville-Henry County Chamber’s Uptown Entrepreneurial Development Manager Reflects on 2021 Main Street Now Conference Experience

Our guest blogger, Kimberly Keller, serves as the Uptown Entrepreneurial Development Manager for the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber’s Partnership for Economic Growth. When not walking the sidewalks of Uptown Martinsville or working in the office, she can be found exploring other communities, farmers’ markets or simply enjoying the outdoors! The 2021 Main Street Now Conference was … More Martinsville-Henry County Chamber’s Uptown Entrepreneurial Development Manager Reflects on 2021 Main Street Now Conference Experience

Four Exploring Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Community Vitality Grant Recipients

Recently, Governor Northam announced that four Exploring Main Street (EMS) communities will be awarded Community Vitality Grants (CVG) to support projects aimed at revitalizing historic commercial districts, expanding small businesses, and growing local economies. Learn more about the grantees below! “For more than three decades, the Virginia Main Street program has spurred economic development through … More Four Exploring Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Community Vitality Grant Recipients

12 Advancing Virginia Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Downtown Investment Grant Recipients

Recently, Governor Northam announced that 12 Advancing Virginia Main Street (AVMS) communities will be awarded Downtown Investment Grants (DIG) to support projects aimed at revitalizing historic commercial districts, expanding small businesses and growing local economies. Learn more about the grantees below! “These grants will go a long way towards revitalizing downtown business and commercial districts, … More 12 Advancing Virginia Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Downtown Investment Grant Recipients

Onancock Launches Summer with New Branding and Website!

Onancock, VA, a charming, historic town on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, has a new brand and tagline, reflecting the many attributes that make Onancock such a special and unique place. A new website, experienceonancock.com, rounds out a package of materials that reinforce the town’s essence. The branding project was commissioned by Onancock Main Street (OMS), which … More Onancock Launches Summer with New Branding and Website!

Virginia Named #1 Top State for Business (Again)

Recently, Governor Ralph Northam proudly announced that CNBC, a world leader in business news, has declared the state of Virginia as America’s Top State for Business in 2021. The Governor joined CNBC at the Port of Virginia for a live broadcast where the winner was revealed, following an extensive study of 85 distinct metrics across … More Virginia Named #1 Top State for Business (Again)

PastForward Online 2021 Registration Open!

Excitingly, the PastForward Online 2021 registration has opened, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation invites preservationists and preservation lovers to celebrate the power of place, virtually, from November 2-5, 2021! With more than 32 thought-provoking educational sessions and engaging networking events, those that have a role in preserving places that made America and sustain … More PastForward Online 2021 Registration Open!

Buena Vista Receives Community Development Block Grant to Help Bolster Downtown Revitalization Efforts

Excitingly, the City of Buena Vista was awarded a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to help bolster downtown revitalization efforts and build upon recent work to formulate a comprehensive Downtown Revitalization Strategy, which was aided by a DHCD planning grant! The grant will provide … More Buena Vista Receives Community Development Block Grant to Help Bolster Downtown Revitalization Efforts

Honoring Public Service Volunteers through CivicPlus’ Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award

As they’ve done through previous years, Main Street America will be a co-sponsor of the awards program sponsored by CivicPlus, Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award (STACVA). The national program will honor 100 extraordinary public service volunteers in smaller localities , shining a spotlight on the growing need for citizens to fill critical civic roles that support key local … More Honoring Public Service Volunteers through CivicPlus’ Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award