Guest Blogger Julie Markowitz, Director of Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA), started with Main Street in 2006 armed with ten years of experience in mall marketing and promotions. Our StauntoNites event grant program, which was designed to incentivize businesses to stay open until 8 PM Saturday nights and host an in-store event to stimulate a … More The Power of Business and Non-profit Partnerships
“Our downtown has become the place where people want to visit, play, work, and live”. This is a statement most anyone would want to make about their community, but all too often the task is overwhelming. Where to start when there is so much that could be done? How do you put together the resources … More The Main Street Approach – A Catalyst for Community Revitalization
Our guest blogger is Hopewell Downtown Partnership Executive Director Evan Kaufman. Over the last 8 years, we have worked hard to facilitate the rehab of downtown properties, recruit new businesses, plan events and festivals, and develop strong partnerships. While we will continue these strategies, it’s time to start implementing some creative place-making strategies to get … More Place-making: Creating a Downtown Where People Want to Be
For 24-hours only on June 11, use registration code VMSFLASH50 to save $50 off the normal rate! One day only, June 11, use our flash sale code to register for Downtown Intersections at the early bird rate of $125 – don’t miss this deal! Register now to attend Downtown Intersections, presented by the Virginia Department of … More FLASH SALE: 24-Hour Registration Discount for Downtown Intersections!
What started out as a conversation between a tomato producer and hog farmer has blossomed into a regional economic development driver that will having a lasting impact on southern Virginia. The idea of for the Southern Virginia Food Hub was started by Ann Taylor Wright to help local farmers and producers add value to their … More Southern Virginia Food Hub
National Small Business Week is a week-long spring celebration to honor the thousands of small and locally owned businesses that make up the country’s local economies (May 5 – 11, 2019). Celebrations span the local, state and federal levels, as consumers, elected officials, Main Street, and small businesses come together to recognize the important impact … More Celebrate Small Business Week: May 5 – 11, 2019
2018 was a busy year in Virginia Main Street’s Designated Communities! The State Coordinating program held eleven (11) training events with more than six-hundred and seventy-five (675) attendees – from Bristol to Blackstone, Warrenton to Gloucester – we covered the state and then some. Check out our 2018 Annual Report for the full picture of … More Virginia Main Street 2018 Annual Report