DI20 Day Three: Move the Conversation Around Action!

Have you and your community partners ever gotten stuck on a major initiative?  To succeed, Main Street must show visible results that can only come from completing projects – both short- and long-term activities that add up to meaningful change. Yet, before any undertaking, local leaders need to work together to identify key strategies that … More DI20 Day Three: Move the Conversation Around Action!

Getting “Back to Business” in Downtown Luray

Small businesses in Luray, VA are thriving due to the efforts of the designated Virginia Main Street (VMS) community’s revitalization organization, Luray Downtown Initiative (LDI). Excitingly, the organization received a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) VMS program that allowed LDI to provide local merchants with “Back to Business” … More Getting “Back to Business” in Downtown Luray

DI20 Day Two Content You Cannot Miss!

The Main Street Approach is most effective in places where community residents have a strong emotional, social and civic connection and are motivated to get involved and make a difference.  To hold up this principle for a sustainable revitalization effort, day two of the Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference focuses on cultivating community relationships for investment, … More DI20 Day Two Content You Cannot Miss!

Speak Up for Main Street

In mid-May, Main Street America (MSA) began advocating to Congress for $100 million to be included in an upcoming stimulus package to sustain and expand the essential work of Main Street leaders throughout the nation. MSA needs the support of the public to effectively advocate for small businesses, historic resources and thriving downtowns and commercial … More Speak Up for Main Street

Innovative Economic Recovery: Gloucester’s Downtown Dollars Program Infuses $40,000 into the Community

Small businesses in Gloucester Village will feel the positive impact of Gloucester’s Downtown Dollars Program. Created by the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust (GMSPT), the innovative economic recovery program will infuse $40,000 into the community and provide over 400 health care workers from Riverside Walter Reed Hospital with $100 gift certificates to frequent local shops within … More Innovative Economic Recovery: Gloucester’s Downtown Dollars Program Infuses $40,000 into the Community

Creative Fundraising Strategy for Recovery: Lynchburg’s Downtown-A-Thon

Over the past few months, Downtown Lynchburg Association (DLA) has worked tirelessly to support small businesses as they recover from the harsh economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, launching their Downtown Recovery Initiative to help merchants persevere through continued challenges and varied stages of reopening. Through their proactive efforts, DLA established a new Downtown Gift … More Creative Fundraising Strategy for Recovery: Lynchburg’s Downtown-A-Thon

2020 Downtown Intersections: Workbook

The 2020 Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference will be an interactive, remote learning and asset-based economic development experience that will guide you towards a vibrant downtown and resilient Main Street program. The experience begins with a series of live and recorded webinars exploring connection, investment and recovery, including celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Virginia Main Street … More 2020 Downtown Intersections: Workbook

Main Street America Announces 2020 Accredited and Affiliate Communities

Last week, Main Street America (MSA) announced that 860 MSA programs across the nation have earned accredited status! Excitingly, 24 Main Street programs in Virginia earned MSA’s top tier of recognition. This exclusive designation signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive community revitalization and a proven track record of successfully applying the successful Main Street Approach. … More Main Street America Announces 2020 Accredited and Affiliate Communities

Registration Now Open for Downtown Intersections!

  Join us for Virginia Main Street’s Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference, July 28-30, 2020, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each day.  Registration is now open for the interactive, remote learning and asset-based economic development experience that will guide you toward a vibrant, healthy downtown and resilient Main Street program. The experience begins with a series of live … More Registration Now Open for Downtown Intersections!