Virginia Downtown Development Association Happy Hour!

Just a few short years ago Scott’s Addition was little more than a cluster of manufacturing and light industrial adjacent to the railyard. A handful of early 20th-century row houses remained from the early, residential days of the neighborhood, as well as a couple of quaint diners. Fast forward to 2017 and the neighborhood has more than 1,000 residential units (with more on the way), unique shops, destination restaurants, several breweries (with more on the way), distilleries, meaderies, cideries, a popsicle shop, and a gelateria. On any given Saturday the streets are alive and the breweries are standing room only.

Haven’t been in a while? Your chance to experience the recent renaissance, tour historic city stables turned urban cidery, talk shop with fellow community revitalization and economic development professionals, all while sipping cider, is coming up! On Thursday, April 27th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. the Virginia Downtown Development Association is hosting a networking event at Blue Bee Cidery. This is a great excuse to get reacquainted with Scott’s Addition and your VDDA friends and colleagues – see you there!

VDDA Awards of Excellence: Call for Entries

vddaThe Virginia Downtown Development Association (VDDA), one of Virginia Main Street’s closest partners and strongest supporters,will host its 29th Annual Awards of Excellence to recognize and encourage excellence in historic downtown revitalization throughout the commonwealth of Virginia.

The Awards of Excellence are presented to showcase the achievements of organizations, individuals and government in meeting the challenges of downtown management and revitalization. Winners will be announced Wednesday, June 4, during the VDDA’s Annual Awards Ceremony to be held during the VCEN Annual Conference at the Hotel Roanoke.  The event is free for members and $50 for non-members.

Entries must be postmarked by Monday, May 19, or hand delivered on the same date by 5 p.m.

For more information, call (804)754-4120, visit or email at View awards application here.

Some Background on the Virginia Downtown Development Association

Founded in 1982, VDDA is an independent association that focuses on the importance of Virginia’s downtowns. VDDA advocates, supports and promotes leadership in downtown revitalization throughout the commonwealth. Participants include economic development professionals, appointed and elected city and county officials, downtown managers, planners, architects, business owners, tourism officials, chambers of commerce and others who are stakeholders in maintaining Virginia’s vibrant  historic downtowns. VDDA has successfully helped Virginia localities for more than 25 years and offers many services to communities throughout the commonwealth to advance the revitalization of our historic downtowns. These services include:

  • Regional “Hot Topic” Luncheons
  • Annual Workshop
  • Annual Conference
  • Professional Development and Networking Opportunities
  • Annual Statewide Awards Program
  • Technical Assistance

The mission of the Virginia Downtown Development Association is to bring attention to the significance of historic downtowns to Virginia’s economic vitality and to enhance the effectiveness of organizations, individuals and communities to foster vibrant economic development.