Four Ways to Continue to Speak Up for Main Street

In our previous Speak Up for Main Street blog post, we highlighted Main Street America’s (MSA) efforts to advocate to Congress for $100 million to be included in a future stimulus package to sustain and expand the incredibly important work of Main Street leaders and organizations throughout the nation. Today, uncertainty surrounds the passing of … More Four Ways to Continue to Speak Up for Main Street

DHCD Community Revitalization Office Roadshow: Register Now!

This year, join us as we take a virtual trip around Virginia, visiting some of the outstanding projects backed by DHCD’s Community Revitalization Office programs! This webinar will focus on the specific programs and grants that we offer, giving us a chance to discuss specific grant details and explore fantastic examples along the way. We … More DHCD Community Revitalization Office Roadshow: Register Now!

2020 Merit Awards: Best Business Promotion – Manassas

Historic Manassas, Inc. is proof that where there’s a will there’s a way, and they were recognized during our 2020 Merit Awards for the successful implementation and promotion of Sip & Shop, a recurring event that allows attendees to bring their favorite adult beverage along to wander and explore the streets downtown.  While the benefits … More 2020 Merit Awards: Best Business Promotion – Manassas

Danville, VA Named 2020 All-America City

Recently, the City of Danville was awarded the prestigious 2020 All-America City designation by the National Civic League (NCL)! Annually, the award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues. This year the award spotlighted and celebrated examples of civic engagement practices that advance health and well-being in … More Danville, VA Named 2020 All-America City

VTC Recovery Marketing Leverage Grant

  The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) announced that applications are open for the new VTC Recovery Marketing Leverage Grant! Understandably, the COVID-19 pandemic has had negative impacts on the Virginia tourism and hospitality industries, and that’s why VTC has sought to help businesses and/or organizations utilize needed grant funds to strategically re-enter the marketplace, spurring … More VTC Recovery Marketing Leverage Grant

2020 Best Adaptive Reuse Project: Seven Sisters Brewery

Downtown Wytheville’s R.P. Johnson Building is a significant example of commercial architecture from the early 20th century. Robert Payne Johnson inherited his father’s blacksmith shop and wagon factory in the late 1800s and then built the present building on Main Street as a showroom, stock room, repair facility and shipping facility in 1939. During the … More 2020 Best Adaptive Reuse Project: Seven Sisters Brewery

Ashland Theatre Offering Drive-In Movies

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded the town of Ashland a $500,000 grant through the Industrial Revitalization Fund in 2015 for the renovation of the historic Ashland Theatre. Fast forward to 2020, and the completed project resulted in a beautiful entertainment venue that has, like most others, been unable to open … More Ashland Theatre Offering Drive-In Movies

18 Community Development Projects Receive Funding Across Virginia

Recently, Governor Ralph Northam announced that 18 communities throughout Virginia will receive funding to support local COVID-19 economic recovery efforts and downtown revitalization. Administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), these Virginia Main Street (VMS) grants, totaling $278,000, will help re-energize the development of downtown communities across the Commonwealth through innovative … More 18 Community Development Projects Receive Funding Across Virginia

August is National Black Business Month

Black business owners account for roughly 10 percent of U.S. businesses, and roughly 30 percent of all minority-owned businesses. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that amounts to approximately 2 million Black-owned businesses. During the month of August, communities far and wide not only honor the rich heritage of Black entrepreneurship through National Black Business … More August is National Black Business Month